Westmoreland man charged with videotaping girls changing clothes in hotel
By Margaret Harding
Published: Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, 10:06 a.m.
Pittsburgh police arrested a man accused of using a “spy camera” on two girls while they changed into bathing suits in a South Side hotel early Thursday.
Police charged Louis Wilt, 58, of New Florence, Westmoreland County, with sexual abuse of children by videotaping and invasion of privacy.
The girls, both younger than 16, told police they were changing into their bathing suits in the bathroom of their room in the Sheraton at Station Square when they noticed the blinking red device with a tiny camera lens. One of the girls called her mother, who notified hotel security. Security called police shortly after midnight.
The woman told officers that before the incident, she saw the recording device on Wilt's keychain, and he told her it was for a garage door. When she confronted him again about the device after her daughter discovered it, he said it was a listening device he used because he wanted to hear what the girls said about boys and drinking alcohol, according to the criminal complaint filed against Wilt.
The woman said she noticed an unusual charge on her Amazon online account for photography equipment earlier this week, the complaint stated. Wilt told her that his company would reimburse her for the cost of the $51 device because it was for work, police said.
Police searched Amazon and found what appears to be an identical device, the complaint stated.
Officers took Wilt to the Allegheny County Jail, where he was awaiting arraignment.
Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or email@example.com.
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