Charges: Rochester man secretly recorded at least 24 women using the bathroom
A Rochester man is accused of using hidden cameras to record at least two dozen women — some multiple times — while they used the bathroom.
Stephen David Kulzer, 31, was charged this week with 25 counts of interference with privacy using a secret observation device. Each gross misdemeanor charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in a jail, a $3,000 fine, or both.
Police were first tipped off to the alleged misconduct last April. According to investigators, a female friend of Kulzer's reported seeing a video camera hidden in a plant while using the bathroom at Kulzer's home.
The camera's lens was aimed at the toilet, says the criminal complaint.
Investigators later obtained search warrants for Kulzer's home, located at 4296 Trumpeter Drive SE, as well as his electronics. On the devices, police discovered images from at least 24 women, none of whom gave consent to be recorded.
The recordings date back to 2011. In addition to his home, investigators say Kulzer set up cameras in bathrooms at the following locations:
- A shop in the 800 block of Homestead Village Lane SE
- A business in the 300 block of Woodlake Drive SE
Kulzer admitted to police that he set up the cameras. He is scheduled to make his first appearance in Olmsted County District Court on April 12.
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