Man ‘hid camera in ceiling of ex-wife’s bedroom and took nude photos of her for nine months’

A man has been accused of installing a hidden camera in his ex-wife’s bedroom ceiling and taking nude pictures of her for around nine months.

When the woman confronted Manuel Tovar, 43, from Alvin, Texas, he said he simply ‘wanted to see her naked’, court documents reveal.

The sick plan was uncovered when a neighbour was helping the woman with her air conditioning and had gone up to her attic.

Sick: A man 'installed a camera in his ex-wife's home to capture her naked'. A neighbour found his laptop in the attic while carrying out DIY (file picture)

Sick: A man ‘installed a camera in his ex-wife’s home to capture her naked’. A neighbour found his laptop in the attic while carrying out DIY (file picture)

He noticed a laptop partially concealed between two rafters with a cord running to a camera over her bed, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The camera had been placed through a hole in the ceiling next to a fan in the bedroom, court documents reveal.

When the friend raised the alarm, the woman, who has not been identified, recognised that the computer belonged to her ex-husband.

She went through the ‘My Picture file’ and found photographs of herself in her bedroom, with images of her clothed, partially clothed and naked.

The woman confronted Tovar, who admitted he had installed the camera when he had patched a hole in her roof the previous July.

In a phone conversation, she taped him admitting he set up the camera.

‘The defendant said he “did it” and was “sorry”,’ the documents state. ‘He took the photographs because he wanted to see her naked.’

The camera captured pictures of her between July 2011 and March 2012, according to documents filed at the Harris County District Court.

The couple married in 1991 and divorced in 2003, but Tovar had access to the home when he visited their teenage children.

He has been charged with improper photography/visual recording but has not yet been arrested.

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