Police took David Lowe, 54, into custody last Tuesday on suspicion of secretly filming his disabled daughter’s caregivers when they used the restroom or changed their clothes. The arrest for invasion of privacy came following a yearlong sexual abuse investigation of the Orange County videographer that started when one of the caregivers saw images of herself on Lowe’s computer.
Brea Police Lt. Darrin Devereux issued a detailed statement of sexual abuse allegations against Lowe. He stands accused of filming at least ten caregivers who were employed in overseeing his mentally impaired adult daughter. In addition to his hidden cameras, Lowe employed special ruses such as requesting caregivers to help his daughter in learning to fasten a bra by demonstration. The caregivers who acquiesced to the request were then secretly recorded as they gave step-by-step instructions while partly nude.
The investigation into Lowe’s actions included a search of his home computers, located in the 900 block of East Almond Avenue in Brea, California. During this search, police found images of child pornography in addition to what has been listed as “numerous videos” of the employed caregivers.
Lowe’s attorney declined to comment to news reporters following his Thursday court hearing. Lowe is being held on a $50,000 bail and is due back in court on Tuesday. He faces one felony charge of possessing child pornography and ten misdemeanor counts of invading someone’s privacy by use of a camera or similar recording device.
Lt. Deveraux closed his statement on the case by stating, “We believe there are many other caregivers that may have worked for Mr. Lowe and if they think they have disrobed in his home, that they’re asked to call the Brea Police Department.
Any caregiver employed who has worked in Lowe’s home is being requested to contact Detective Irene Crews at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In additions to facing criminal sexual abuse charges, Lowe is also likely to face civil lawsuits from those caregivers whom he photographed. These are cases of invasion of privacy in which victims may have suffered emotionally, physically, or otherwise.
Those who are unknowingly photographed in unwanted situations may be able to recover financial compensation for the harm suffered from the defendant. Certain invasion of privacy civil lawsuits may also be able to seek punitive damages, which are damages designed to punish the defendant and set a sharp example for others, such as low-wage caregivers requiring special protections for their intimate work.
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Source: LA Times, 21 July 2016.