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, defined under state law as viewing, filming or photographing another without that person's consent, for the purpose of gratifying sexual desire, court papers state. The viewing, filming or photographing must occur in a place where the victim has a reasonable expectation of privacy, according to the voyeurism statute.
Corral is to be arraigned on the charge March 11 in Thurston County Superior Court.
According to court papers, the Tumwater woman called Tumwater 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 feared a plumber who was doing work in her home had placed the camera there, and she called Corral to tell him. She said Corral agreed with her that the plumber probably placed it there.
But 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 said he was sorry, then fled her home with the camera and the memory card.
The Tumwater police officer who investigated the incident found the shoebox in the woman's closet, with the tape on the lid, just as the woman had said it was. The officer also noted that the shoebox was in a location in the closet where any camera placed there would be set up to capture images of the woman's bed.
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.
Corral called the police officer several days later, and said he had recently gotten into an argument with the woman and said "she has a lot of issues." When the officer asked Corral about the allegation that he had placed a camera in the woman's closet, Corral denied those accusations.
The police officer then read Corral several of the text messages sent to the woman. In the texts, Corral confirmed that the camera had been placed in the bedroom. In one text, the woman asked when the camera had been placed, and the response read, "No it was just the day you found it. Nothing was viewed ever."
Corral asked the officer if he was sure the text was from him, and the officer confirmed that the message had been sent from Corral's cell phone.
Corral then responded, "Well, I think I need to talk to a lawyer."
Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445; firstname.lastname@example.org