56-year-old Wayne Natt was arrested in the city of Longboat Key after a couple staying at his home discovered the cameras pointing at the master bedroom. They checked, and it turned out to a hidden camera pointed right at their bed, they said.
They called the cops, who searched the property and discovered a second hidden camera in another room.
"We seized a lot of computer storage data devices, hard drives, computers, laptops, SD cards, anything that would store data", Lieutenant Bob Bourque said.
There was also a similar smoke detector in the unit's living room, WFLA reports. Starnes said he had more than 40 reviews on Airbnb. He has since been arrested and charged with video voyeurism. The company's standards state that members should not "have undisclosed or ill-sited cameras in your listing, spy on other people, or otherwise violate others' privacy, copyrights, or trademarks". Starnes said he trusts other individuals that leased from Natt at the address situated at 623 Cedars Court in Longboat Key will approach.
"My wife and I are distressed by this situation", Starnes told the TV station.
After Natt's capture police said he gave them an announcement with his legal advisor introduce. I hope more victims will come forward'.
"Who knows what it's being used for, so it's very concerning", said Lt. Bourque.
"He says that everyone videoed had knowledge he was videoing them".
Police say Natt told them everyone knew he had hidden cameras in his condo for sex parties he threw.
Natt was arrested on September 29 and later released on a bond of $1,500, records show.
"Our question is, if people are aware the cameras are there, why are they hidden in smoke alarms?" When pressed for why Natt would hide the camera in a smoke alarm if the filming was consensual, Bourque reported that Natt responded that hiding it in the ceiling "gave him a better angle".
Airbnb put out a statement saying they are outraged and they have permanently banned Natt from their community.
"Our team has reached out to local law enforcement to aid them with their investigation of this egregious offense and we hope justice is served", Airbnb spokesman Benjamin Breit said in a statement.