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North Aurora teen charged in hidden-camera incident

Published: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 6:36 a.m. CDT

NORTH AURORA – A 16-year-old North Aurora boy has been charged with unauthorized video recording and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors, stemming from an investigation of a hidden camera in a neighbor’s bedroom, police said Wednesday.

The teen, who lives in the 1100 block of Oak Crest Drive, surrendered to police Friday, according to a statement by North Aurora police. Because the boy will be prosecuted as a juvenile, his name is not being released.

North Aurora police did not return a voice mail message seeking information.

According to the statement, police used a search warrant at the suspect’s home and seized computers, cables and storage devices. But investigators determined the camera would not transmit out of the room it was placed in, so police do not believe that the suspect could view images from the camera.

A forensic computer examiner from the Kane County Sheriff’s Office searched all of the storage devices seized from the suspect’s home and didn’t locate any image from the camera while it was in the victims’ bedroom, police said.

The same teen boy and his parents, Teresa and Scott Thompson, are being sued by the neighbor couple, David and Katerina Speers, in connection with the hidden camera.

The suit, filed in December, alleges the teen – whom the Speers previously had hired as a baby sitter – placed the hidden camera in their bedroom. The suit seeks more than $50,000 in damages. The Speers have obtained orders of protection against the teen.

The suit claims the teen intruded on the couple’s privacy, and his parents failed to supervise his use of the camera and receiver, and failed to stop him from locating the camera in their house. Attorneys for the Thompsons have filed court papers seeking to dismiss the complaint. The issue is scheduled for a hearing April 10.

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