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Sheriff: Former Arkansas camp director admitted to hiding camera in woman's cabin

Sheriff: Former Arkansas camp director admitted to hiding camera in woman's cabin

According to the White County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to Camp Wyldewood in Searcy on Friday to investigate a suspicious device found inside a cabin on the property.

Upon further inspection, the device was determined to be a camera set to record video.

Former camp director Robert Powell confessed to investigators that he concealed the camera in the cabin with the intent to "target" a woman, the sheriff's office said. The woman reportedly told detectives that she had no knowledge of the camera.

Powell was arrested and charged with one count of video voyeurism. He was ordered to be held on $2,500 bond. A court date was set for June 5.

Arkansas law defines video voyeurism, in part, as photographing or recording someone without their consent in an area where they have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Since Powell's arrest, he has been fired from the Christian summer camp. Camp Wyldewood chairman Jared Cox told KATV that Powell had worked for the camp since 1995 and had been camp director since 2007.

According to the sheriff's department, the Camp Wyldewood Board of Directors has cooperated with the investigation.

Detectives searched the camp and found no other recording devices.

The investigation is ongoing.

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