Man accused of making video of woman while she showered

Man accused of making video of woman while she showered

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man faces charges after police say he recorded a woman taking a shower.

Geoffrey David Fortier, 23, appeared before a Craighead County district court judge Thursday who found probable cause to charge him with video voyeurism.

According to police and court documents, on June 13 Fortier used an iPad to record a woman as she showered at his apartment.

The victim told investigators she had lived with Fortier and another woman previously, and "felt comfortable being there alone with Fortier."

According to the probable cause statement, the woman asked if she could take a shower and said she could, "but to let him go in first to use the restroom."

When Fortier came out, she went into the bathroom, undressed, and showered.

Once she was out of the shower, the woman said she noticed the iPad leaning against the wall. According to the affidavit, the woman picked up the device and "realized it had been recording her the whole time."

The woman told police she confronted Fortier, then deleted the video because she was so mad. But, she told police she believed he had saved it to "the cloud" and planned to release it on social media.

When Fortier met with investigators three days later, he denied intentionally recording the woman, the initial incident report stated. He claimed the iPad had "just automatically started recording...and just happened to record [the victim] in the nude."

Fortier offered to take a polygraph and an exam date was scheduled.

On July 26, during the polygraph interview, Fortier told a detective he had been "recording himself urinating so that he could upload it to a pornographic site."

He told the investigator he had done this in the past and gotten paid for it, the affidavit stated. Fortier said he had received a request to do it again. He claimed he had left the bathroom in a hurry on the day in question.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Fortier is charged with video voyeurism, a Class D felony. If convicted, he could face up to a $10,000 fine and/or up to six years in prison.

District Court Judge David Boling set his bond at $5,000 cash or surety and ordered him to appear in circuit court on Aug. 26.

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Posted by Region 8 News on Thursday, July 28, 2016

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