The following details and accusations are according to a shocking Sandwich Police report filed today in Barnstable District Court:
SANDWICH – Yesterday – January 15, 2019 – at about 3:30 p.m., Sandwich Police Patrolman Ryan McCracken met with the alleged victim and her friend regarding an incident which allegedly occurred on January 12, 2019 at her home.
The victim stated she arrived home and checked an iPad that belongs to her husband. When she turned on the iPad she was notified there was a video waiting to be viewed. Upon viewing it, she observed naked images and video of herself!
The images and video had been taken without her knowledge, the report continues, and the images were set in her bedroom and master bathroom.
Based on camera angles, she was able to determine that a bedroom alarm clock and bathroom “weather station device” contained hidden cameras.
She also uncovered a digital storage device from one of the cameras and discovered even more additional nude and semi-nude images of herself. She also was reportedly able to determine the secret video cams had been in place for months prior without her knowledge.
Later that day – Saturday, January 12, 2019 – she confronted her husband and they began to argue. According to the report, she told Patrolman McCracken that her husband had admitted to the video recordings but said he was doing it, “to see himself in a natural state.”
When she asked him about any previous recordings, her husband reportedly indicated he had watched recordings from other days, but then deleted the images and recordings.
The argument continued and the husband reportedly said he wanted a divorce and that he would be leaving for work on Monday. He planned on staying at an undisclosed location in the Boston area until Friday, January 18, 2019. “They stayed in separate [bedrooms] on the nights of the 12th and 13th.”
The alarm clock camera, weather station camera, and digital storage device were collected as evidence.
The victim also said she determined there was another hidden camera attached to the top of the bedroom cable box, and that her husband admitted to putting it there… and that he had removed the camera before he left on January 14.
She also said her husband had removed a shower head from the master bathroom… and she believed there had been some type of camera hidden inside the shower head.
In addition to the iPad, the husband is believed to have left the residence with two laptop computers thought to have software and/or additional recordings of them.
A Sandwich patrol sergeant and detective also became involved in the investigation.
The Barnstable District Attorney’s Office was consulted and it was determined there was probable cause to arrest the husband for secretly videotaping without consent.
Phone company pings of the husband’s cell phone, along with detective work, led Sandwich Detective Gumbleton and members of the Braintree Police Department to room 509 of the “Hyatt Place Boston” in Braintree, where the husband answered the door and was taken into custody without incident.
The husband reportedly refused to speak with detectives.
Today – January 16, 2019 – Paul F. Gibbs, age 59, of Sandwich, was arraigned at Barnstable District Court on the charge of Photographing an Unsuspecting Nude Person.
The charge carries a potential penalty of up to 2.5 years in the house of correction and/or a fine of not more than $5000. The court may also issue appropriate orders to prevent the unlawful dissemination of images of the victim.
Gibbs was released on personal recognizance after being ordered not to possess and/or disseminate any images. He is scheduled back in court for a pretrial hearing on February 21, 2019.
A judge reportedly granted the suspect’s wife a temporary restraining order.
The investigation is active and ongoing.
* All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law…
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