A man secretly filmed families in the locker room of a swimming pool
A man who secretly filmed women and children using a changing room at the Todd Energy Aquatic Center in New Plymouth has pleaded guilty to related charges in court. (File photo)
A man’s secret filming of a swimming pool locker room in New Plymouth was uncovered by an undressed woman who spotted her mobile phone on the floor, while it was in recording mode.
Mohammad Rizki Ardianta was at the Todd Energy Aquatic Center, with his child, around 10:15 a.m. on July 19.
After swimming, they went to a family locker room, which is part of a block, the police summary of facts said.
When he was in the changing room, he launched the recording function on his phone and put it near the 200mm open air gap.
This allowed him to see people using the locker room next door.
An eight-minute video captured the first victims, a woman and her two children, who were sometimes visibly naked as they got dressed after a swim.
Thirty minutes later, the accused made another recording.
The summary of the facts said this time, Ardianta tilted the phone in order to get a better view of the interior of the next room.
The victim in this case was a woman in her mid-30s, who was with her one-year-old child.
The woman was getting dressed when she saw the cell phone on the floor.
“The victim grabbed the mobile phone and quickly rewound the recording, finding out what had been recorded and contacting the police shortly thereafter.”
Having lost possession of his phone, Ardianta quickly left the pool complex.
Police attended the accused’s address later that day and arrested him.
Although he initially denied having any intention of recording anything, he later said that he “saw a reflection of the woman on the floor and wanted to see more of her body”.
On Thursday, Ardianta pleaded guilty to two counts of making an intimate visual recording during his appearance in New Plymouth District Court.
Judge Gregory Hikaka referred the case to restorative justice and requested that a pre-sentence report be prepared.
Ardianta, who has no previous convictions, will be sentenced on November 30.