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North Aurora teen charged in hidden camera case

Updated: March 15, 2013 1:30PM

NORTH AURORA — A 16-year-old boy has been charged with placing a hidden surveillance camera in the bedroom of his neighbor’s home, police said Wednesday.

The teen is charged with misdemeanor unauthorized video recording and disorderly conduct.

Police said homeowners in the 700 block of Oak Crest Drive reported last November that they found a video camera hidden underneath some furniture in a bedroom while they were cleaning.

The camera was a wireless transmitter camera with a range of 300 feet, police said.

Investigators said they found that the 16-year-old neighbor placed the camera in the bedroom while babysitting the victims’ children.

Police determined, however, that the hidden camera would not transmit out of the bedroom, and they do not believe the teen was ever able to view the camera’s footage.

After searching the suspect’s home, police seized computers, cables and storage devices.

A forensic computer examiner from the Kane County Sheriff’s Office could not find any images taken from the hidden camera while it was in the victims’ bedroom, police said.

Police are not releasing the name of the suspect because he will be prosecuted as a juvenile.

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