KEY WEST, F.L. (WCBD) – A Summerville resident was arrested in Florida on July 16, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
Robert Mann Privette (49) is facing multiple felony charges, including unarmed burglary of an occupied dwelling and two counts of video voyeurism. .
Privette, who is employed as a drafting supervisor in North Charleston, was arrested at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton after two women staying in a neighboring room noticed a cord with a camera attached snaked under their door. Both women were in various states of undress, according to the report.
One of the women screamed that it was a camera, and the cord was quickly yanked back under the door to the adjoining room. They then heard someone running away.
Once police arrived, Privette tried to deny involvement, going so far as to hide the camera under the cushions of his hotel room. He eventually relented and admitted to using the camera, which he could connect to his phone, to spy on the women multiple times. Once before the women went to the beach, and the time that he was caught.
Privette told the responding officers that he had used the camera to spy on women “multiple times during his trips for work, all over the country.” He could not say exactly how many times, but guessed at least 10 just in the past year.
Officers collected “cameras, a laptop, [and] two hard drives.”
Privette was booked into the local jail and released hours later on a $30,000 bond.
Editor’s note: this story has been updated with additional details.