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Allstate Agent Allegedly Hid Camera In Office Restroom

Unread postby RatPak11 » Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:41 pm

http://www.wsmv.com/news/22609541/detail.html

Man Allegedly Hid Camera In Restroom
Robert J. Keech Charged With Video Voyeurism

Written by Tiffany Sawyer

POSTED: 6:48 am CST February 19, 2010
UPDATED: 11:21 am CST February 19, 2010

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. -- A Trigg County, Ky., man was arrested Thursday and charged with hiding a video camera in the restroom of his insurance business.

Officials were called to Keech Allstate Insurance Agency on Canton Pike in Hopkinsville, Ky., where they discovered a video system concealed in the establishment’s restroom.

According to a press release, investigators found the camera hidden inside a smoke detector installed on the restroom wall and connected to a recording device.

Robert J. Keech, 47, was arrested during the investigation and taken to the Christian County Jail.

Keech faces charges of video voyeurism and was held on $15,000 cash-only bond.

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http://www.newschannel5.com/global/story.asp?s=12014933

KY Man Accused Of Planting Camera In Office Bathroom
Posted: Feb 19, 2010 4:08 PM PST

By Jeff Tang

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. - A Hopkinsville insurance agent is accused of spying on at least one of his employees in the most private of places, the bathroom.

Investigators in Christian County believe insurance agent Robert Keech betrayed the trust of his own employees.

After receiving a complaint Thursday afternoon, the Christian County Sheriff's Office searched the agency and discovered an elaborate camera system hooked into the smoke detector in the office's bathroom.

"The insides had been removed, the camera was put in its place, the system ran behind the wall and was hooked to a recording device," said Capt. Chris Miller with the Christian County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities arrested the agency's owner, Robert Keech, and charged him with Video Voyeurism. Detectives searched Keech's businesses and his home and found more evidence that suggests Keech may have spied on at least one of his employees in the bathroom.

"Based on the facts, what we have is a huge invasion of privacy first and foremost. We take that very seriously," said Miller.

Investigators do not know how long the video system had been set up, but said it had a motion sensor that recorded whenever there was movement in the bathroom.

Authorities do not know if the bathroom was open to insurance customers like Elijah Dailey, who stopped by Keech's business on Friday.

"It's shocking to me. I didn't have any idea," said Dailey. "I didn't know him well, but I know the secretary and she's a wonderful person."

Sheriff's officials said their investigation is far from complete even though they've made the arrest. Investigators only have one victim in the case, but after testing evidence discovered at Keech's home and businesses, they said it's possible more victims will be identified in the coming weeks.

If convicted of video voyeurism, Keech could face up to five years in prison.

E-mail: jtang@newschannel5.com

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http://www.kentuckynewera.com/multimedi ... b9160.html

Insurance agent faces voyeurism charge
Posted: Friday, February 19, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 4:54 pm, Tue May 18, 2010.

By Nick Tabor, New Era Staff Writer | 0 comments

Police believe the owner of an insurance agency has been filming his employees while they use the bathroom by hiding a camera inside a smoke detector. They arrested him Thursday night.

Robert Keech, 47, of Cadiz, is charged with video voyeurism. It is a Class D felony, punishable by one to five years in jail. Someone paid Keech’s $15,000 bail at the Christian County Jail shortly after his arrest Thursday night and he was released.

Employees at Keech Allstate Insurance Agency on Canton Pike called police around 1 p.m. Thursday. They suspected the smoke detector in the unisex bathroom contained a hidden camera, according to a report from the Christian County Sheriff’s Department.

Police found an “elaborate video system” concealed in the restroom, sheriff’s spokesman Chris Miller said in a news release. A smoke detector installed on the bathroom wall contained a digital camera that was connected to a recording device.

Miller said he did not know if customers used the restroom.

Only a few people have access to the building, and detectives quickly narrowed the list of suspects to Keech by using a process of elimination, Miller said.

A detective obtained search warrants on Keech’s businesses and home. Keech owns Affinity Insurance Group on Skyline Drive and another agency in Madisonville, Miller said.

When officials obtained an arrest warrant for Keech, the Christian County Sheriff’s Department asked the Trigg County Sheriff’s Department for help tracking Keech down. Trigg county deputies stopped Keech in his car and drove him to the Christian County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities booked Keech into the Christian County Jail around 9 p.m.

Miller said detectives haven’t determined how long ago the camera was installed. He declined to say how the employees found it.

A call to Keech Allstate Insurance Agency this morning yielded a recording from Allstate that said the agency is not available. Employees could not be reached for comment.

Keech’s arraignment was scheduled today in Christian District Court today, Miller said.

Nick Tabor can be reached at 270-887-3231 or ntabor@kentuckynewera.com.
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Re: Allstate Agent Allegedly Hid Camera In Office Restroom

Unread postby RatPak11 » Sun Nov 28, 2010 4:11 pm

http://www.kentuckynewera.com/news/arti ... 03286.html

Attorneys finish preparations in video voyeurism case
Lawsuit pending against former insurance agent Robert Keech


Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 1:40 pm | Updated: 1:41 pm, Tue Nov 23, 2010.
By Nick Tabor, New Era Staff Writer | 0 comments

Posted on November 23, 2010
by Daniel Stahl

Nine months after sheriff’s officials charged Robert Keech, a former insurance agent, with installing a hidden camera in the bathroom at one of his agencies, Keech still awaits a preliminary hearing.

The attorneys involved have canceled one court date after another. Last week they postponed the case again until Dec. 10.
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Re: Allstate Agent Allegedly Hid Camera In Office Restroom

Unread postby RatPak11 » Mon Jan 24, 2011 1:55 pm

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Video voyeurism charges amended;June trial slated
Posted: Saturday, January 15, 2011 1:09 am | Updated: 1:12 am, Sat Jan 15, 2011.

Video voyeurism charges amended;June trial slated By Nick Tabor, New Era Staff Writer Kentucky New Era | 0 comments

Investigators found no proof that Robert Keech, a former insurance agent, distributed videos of his customers and employees using the restroom at his agency.

Assistant County Attorney Lindsey Adams requested Friday morning to knock Keech’s charge down from a felony — video voyeurism, which involves distribution — to 13 counts of voyeurism, a misdemeanor.
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Re: Allstate Agent Allegedly Hid Camera In Office Restroom

Unread postby RatPak11 » Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:02 pm

http://www.theeaglepost.us/news/article ... 03286.html

Hidden camera case ends with voyeurism plea

Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 10:27 am

By NICK TABOR, For The Eagle Post

Robert Keech, the former insurance agent accused of filming his employees while they used the bathroom at his business, will spend the next six months at Christian County Jail. He pleaded guilty Friday morning to three counts of voyeurism.

Keech’s hidden camera captured three people using the bathroom a total of 13 times, prosecutors said. They dropped 10 additional voyeurism charges as part of the plea bargain.

The charges carried a maximum penalty of a year in jail.

The employees caught on tape advocated the prosecution’s offer, partially because it guaranteed Keech would stay under supervision for two years, and partially because they dreaded the embarrassment involved in testifying at Keech’s trial, said Assistant County Attorney Maureen Leamy.

Keech, 48, of Cadiz, turned himself in on Monday because he was out on a cash bond and his family wanted the money back, Leamy said.

He received jail credit for the time he served this week.

A bailiff escorted him into the courtroom Friday. He wore an inmate uniform and gray sneakers.

Keech previously owned Affinity Insurance Group on Skyline Drive, Allstate Insurance Agency on Canton Pike and a third agency in Madisonville.

On Feb. 18, 2010, a fire inspector found a video camera hidden in the unisex bathroom at his agency on Canton Pike, prosecutors say. They believe that for weeks prior, Keech had intentionally videotaped people using the bathroom.

The Trigg County Sheriff’s Department arrested Keech that night.

In a phone interview after Friday’s hearing, Keech’s attorney, Bill Deatherage, said Keech installed the camera after someone damaged the restroom. He only used the camera for security, Deatherage said.

“To my knowledge, the images were never viewed by Mr. Keech,” Deatherage said. “I think his motives were good, even though his choice of locations was unwise.”

Deatherage noted that when investigators seized Keech’s recording equipment, the only videos still stored were from the day of the seizure.

All the earlier videos had been deleted, and crime lab employees later recovered them from Keech’s hard drive, Deatherage said.

He said Keech pleaded guilty for family-related reasons and to put the case behind him.

Leamy and Assistant County Attorney Lindsey Adams showed clear frustration after Friday morning’s hearing, as they sat in a conference room at the Christian County Justice Center.

Adams said investigators recovered more videos from the hidden camera that were recorded long before Keech’s arrest. But they were too outdated to use as evidence — the statute of limitations had expired.

Adams noted this would not have been true if voyeurism qualified as a felony.

“Had it been a felony, there would’ve been many, many counts,” he said. “It’s ludicrous that this is a misdemeanor.”

Leamy added that Keech will not need to register as a sex offender because he did not plead to a felony.

Until Friday, Keech had a trial scheduled for October. Deatherage recently argued that most of the evidence against Keech was invalid because investigators collected it illegally. Christian District Judge Arnold Lynch never ruled on Deatherage’s motion to suppress the evidence.

Three former employees have civil lawsuits against Keech related to the hidden camera accusations. One plaintiff said her children also used the bathroom.

Deatherage represents Keech in those suits as well. He suspects the plaintiffs will resume action now that Keech has been convicted, though he said only one of the plaintiffs was involved in Keech’s criminal case.

Reach Nick Tabor at 270-887-3231 or ntabor@kentuckynewera.com.
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