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Police allege man secretly records mother, teen daughter

Authorities found a spy camera in their bathroom

N. WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - A Northampton County man stands accused of secretly filming a woman and her teenage daughter inside the bathroom of their North Whitehall Township home.

Pennsylvania State Police charged Riley J. Ockerman, of Stoke Park Road in Hanover Township, with two misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy. District Judge Michael Faulkner arraigned the 38-year-old Wednesday morning. Ockerman was released on $25,000 unsecured bail.

The victim told an investigator with the state police’s Bethlehem barracks that she had accessed Ockerman’s Amazon account on Oct. 23 and discovered that he had purchased a mini spy camera, according to court records. When she confronted him about the purchase, he allegedly admitted to her that he indeed purchased the camera, placed it in her bathroom and recorded videos of her 16-year-old daughter, according to records.

A state trooper responded to the victim’s house and recovered the camera and SD card from the bathroom. Shortly after speaking with the victim, the trooper said he interviewed Ockerman, who allegedly admitted to that he hid the camera in the bathroom and recorded the teenager.

A police review of the footage reportedly showed both the mother and daughter in various stages of undress in three videos, according to police. Investigators said the footage also allegedly caught Ockerman handling what appears to be a separate recording device in the bathroom.

Authorities said the time stamp on the video indicates the video was shot five days before the victim confronted Ockerman about whether he purchased a spy camera.

Court records do not specify the nature of the relationship between Ockerman and the victim.

Ockerman’s next court date is a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 21.

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