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February 28, 2014

Hidden camera in neighbor’s bathroom is just one of many problems for Cass County man

Gerald L. Campos was charged with burglary, invasion of privacy, operating a meth lab, child endangerment, unlawful possession of a firearm and child pornography.

When a Cass County woman was getting ready for work one day this week, she thought she heard something moving around in the attic above her bathroom.

Nah, nothing, she decided, and left for the day.

But when she returned to her Peculiar duplex that evening, insulation particles had rained down on her toilet seat. She looked to the ceiling — and remembered the earlier noise.

Minutes later, her husband, having climbed into the attic, engaged in what court documents make sound like a tug of war for a camera cord running to the duplex unit next door. When the resistance from the other end stopped, the husband pulled it free. The cord had been cut clean.

Thus began the undoing of Gerald L. Campos, a 46-year-old man who told authorities after turning himself in that he craves excitement and has a constant desire to do things he knows are wrong.

Using a digital camera to spy on his neighbor in the bathroom apparently qualifies.

But that’s just one on his list of things that are wrong, according to court documents. In addition to the camera that Campos allegedly concealed behind the cover of an exhaust fan, officers also found in his attic a methamphetamine lab, photographs of nude juvenile girls and a rifle Campos wasn’t supposed to have because of a felony conviction.

Campos was charged Friday in Cass County Circuit Court with burglary, invasion of privacy, operating a meth lab, child endangerment, unlawful possession of a firearm and child pornography.

Bond was set at $100,000. His arraignment is set for March 6.

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