BRIDGEPORT, Kan. —A central Kansas man was charged Friday with two felony counts of sexual exploitation of a child after a relative found hidden cameras throughout his Bridgeport home.
Mario Alejandro Schiaffino, 58, also was charged with seven misdemeanor eavesdropping counts. He has not yet hired an attorney.
The Saline County Sheriff's Office arrested Schiaffino on Tuesday night after family members contacted authorities. Investigators reviewed hours of VHS tape, Lt. Brent Melander said. The charges stemmed from images found on the tapes, officials said.
The cameras were in place since July and had captured images of people without their consent, sometimes in stages of undress. Melander declined to say how many cameras were in the home or where they were located, other than to say they were in locations where people would have an expectation of privacy.
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Schiaffino appeared in court Friday to hear the charges against him, but he did not enter a plea. He is to appear in court again Monday morning. Schiaffino was being held in Saline County jail on $25,000 bond.
Melander said Schiaffino did not live alone at the home, but he didn't know how many other people lived there.
Under state law, eavesdropping occurs when a recording device is used to record private conversations or personal conduct, or to secretly record an identifiable person under or through their clothing without their consent, in an area where the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy.