BURLEY • A jury trial has been set for an Oakley man charged with video voyeurism.
Benjamin Ariel Hardy, 39, was charged in June with 12 counts of felony video voyeurism. Police say Hardy set up cameras in the bathrooms and massage room in the home in 2014 and recorded 10 minor children using a toilet, a teen girl receiving a massage in her underwear and a teen girl taking a bath at his home.
Police say they were contacted by a legal representative from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who said Hardy was video recording children.
Deputies said Hardy set up cameras in the bathrooms and in a massage room at the home where people would not expect to be viewed or recorded. Officers confiscated a black trail camera and a clock-type nanny camera from the home. They also took a computer and SD cards and an adapter.
The equipment was sent to the Idaho State Police forensics lab and state police say the camera recorded prepubescent girls and boys using the bathroom. One camera in the bathroom recorded a teen taking a bath and police found a deleted video that showed a teen getting a massage. The video also allegedly showed hardy positioning a camera to make sure it recorded the toilet.
Hardy pleaded not guilty to the charges in July.
A trial has been set in the case Sept. 30 in Cassia County District Court.
A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 24.