Voyeur accusations, sex charges against Northeast Ohio man: Indictment says he hid cameras to view sex acts
on November 09, 2012 at 12:30 PM, updated November 10, 2012 at 3:21 AM
CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Bainbridge Township man is accused of spying on people who were naked and having sex by using pinhole video cameras secretly installed in their home DVD players or alarm clocks.
Prosecutors contend that Allen Warner’s victims included a current mistress, a former mistress and a child. Prosecutors said one house had multiple cameras that enabled Warner to follow people from room to room.
“It’s a certain level of scheming that I’ve not seen before,” Assistant County Prosecutor John Hanley said in an interview about the case.
Warner, 59, appeared this morning in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court and pleaded not guilty to voyeurism, pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor and other charges contained in a 78-county indictment (read the full text of the charges in the document viewer below).
Agents arrested him last month, and a judge placed him on home confinement. Warner’s attorney, Ian Friedman, said today that his client also has surrendered his passport and pilot’s license.
Hanley said investigators are not sure how many victims Warner had targeted or how he managed to put the cameras in their homes. He might have given the clocks and DVD players as presents, Hanley said.
Some of the cameras had motion sensors, Hanley said. They would begin filming when somebody came near, sending out a signal that could be picked up elsewhere.
Investigators have not identified all of the people — men and women — whose images were captured by the cameras. Hanley said investigators have received calls from possible victims.
Warner was arrested after meeting with an undercover agent working with the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
An agent with the task force had engaged in an email conversation with Warner, who prosecutors said had advertised online for people interested in recording people without their knowledge. The two men later met in Parma.
A news release states that Warner thought the undercover agent was a father willing to film his daughter in the nude.
Agents searched Warner’s vehicle, his home and a storage building on Miles Road in Warrensville Heights.
Hanley today asked Judge Carolyn Friedland to increase Warner’s bond from $250,000 to $1 million, calling him a flight risk. Friedland declined to do so.
News of Warner’s arrest shocked his neighbors on Old Meadow Drive, just south of Chagrin Falls.
Melissa Thomas, who lives across the street from Warner, said she has never spoken with Allen Warner. But Thomas said she has had frequent conversations with Warner’s wife, Garnetta, whom she described as “very sweet.”
“We’re all just sick over this for her,” she said.
Warner filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last year, citing assets of nearly $228,000 and liabilities of more than $2.5 million. He listed property on Old Meadow Drive and in Greenwood, S.C.
Warner also listed three former companies, Warner Aviation, Warner Industries and Flight Bright that are no longer in business.
Warner Aviation leased airplanes to Warner Industries, which provided spray-in bedliners for trucks and floor coatings, according to the bankruptcy filing. Flight Bright sold detailing products for airplanes.
With news researcher JoEllen Corrigan