Man accused of setting up hidden cam in ex-wife's bedroom


Manuel Tovar, 43, is charged with improper photography/visual recording. Tovar and his wife divorced in 2003 and the two live separately. Court records state on March 23 the neighbor of Tovar's ex-wife was in the attic of her southeast Harris County residence fixing her air conditioner when he observed a laptop computer hidden between two wooden rafters. The laptop had a cord attached to it that led to a video camera which was placed in a hole in the sheetrock next a ceiling fan in the woman's bedroom. She told police she recognized the laptop as belonging to her ex-husband, Tovar.

The woman says when she opened the laptop, she found files containing photos of her in her bedroom including some pictures in which she was nude. The photos appeared to have started in early July 2011 and ended the same day in March 2012 that she found them.

Police say they listened to a taped cell phone conversation between Tovar and his ex-wife in which they say he admitted he did it and he was sorry, and he allegedly told her that he took the photos because he wanted to see her naked.

The woman told police that Tovar had access to her residence when he would visit their children there, and that in early July 2011 Tovar was given access to the attic to patch a hold in the roof.

Bond has been set at $2,000.

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