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OAKLEY • Police say an Oakley man set up cameras to record children in a bathroom.

Benjamin Ariel Hardy, 38, is charged with 12 felony counts of video voyeurism.

He is set to be arraigned on the charges at 9 a.m. June 15 in Cassia County 5th District Court. He was issued a summons on May 28 to appear in court and has not entered a plea.

Police say they were contacted by an attorney representing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who told officers Hardy was video recording children in a home.

Police said there was a camera set up in the guest bathroom to record people. Guests who used the bathroom during a March 28 party were also recorded.

All the people in the recordings were minor children.

Deputies say that Hardy set up cameras in the bathrooms and in a massage room at the home where people would expect to be free from viewing and recording.

The officers took a black trail camera and a clock-type nanny camera from the home. Police also took a computer, six ultra-micro SD cards, an SD micro adapter and two SD cards.

Police obtained a search warrant for the equipment, and it was sent to the Idaho State Police forensics laboratory.

The state police said the camera recorded 10 instances of prepubescent girls and boys using the bathroom. One camera that was in the bathroom recorded a teen girl fully disrobe and take a bath. Police recovered a deleted video file that showed a teen girl strip down to her underwear and get a massage by an older woman. The video also showed Hardy positioning a camera in a bathroom to ensure it was recording the toilet.

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