March 2, 2014 in City

Shelton man charged after woman discovers camera

Jeremy Pawloski Olympian (Olympia)

OLYMPIA – Thurston County prosecutors have charged a Shelton man with a count of voyeurism for allegedly placing and hiding a camera in a woman’s Tumwater bedroom in January.

William Corral, 43, is charged with a single count of felony voyeurism.

According to court papers, the Tumwater woman called police Jan. 8 to report that she had found a hidden camera in her bedroom. She told police Corral, who was her best friend and co-worker, had just admitted to putting the camera there.

She said the camera was taped to the lid of a shoebox in her closet and it was pointed out into her bedroom.

The woman told police that she initially suspected a plumber who was doing work in her home had placed the camera there, and she called Corral to tell him.

The woman said that during her phone conversation with Corral, he told her not to call police and said he would drive over. She said that when he arrived, he removed the memory card from the camera in her bedroom, took a knife out of his pocket and cut apart the memory card.

She said he then grabbed the camera and told her that he had placed it there. She said he apologized and left with the camera and the memory card.

Two days later, the woman told the investigating officer that Corral had sent her text messages apologizing for hiding the camera in her room. He wrote that he had only just recently placed the camera in her closet.

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