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Tainter photographer arrested for videotaping woman while she changed clothes

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE — A 55-year-old Town of Tainter resident has been arrested for secretly videotaping a woman at his photography business while she changed clothes in a bathroom in between photo shoots.

James E. Kernan, the owner of “Picture Perfect Photography” located on 562nd Street in the Town of Tainter, was arrested on a felony charge of depicting nudity after a 25-year-old woman contacted the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department January 21.

According to a news release from the sheriff’s department, the woman reported that she believed she had been videotaped in a bathroom without her permission at a business called Picture Perfect Photography being operated out of a residence in the Town of Tainter.

During one of several trips to the bathroom, the alleged victim observed what she believed to be a hidden video camera in the bathroom where she was changing clothes in between photo shoots.

The woman removed the memory card from the camera, and when she viewed the contents of the card, she saw a video of the male photographer placing the camera in the bathroom.

The video also showed the alleged victim in various states of undress.

The alleged victim then contacted the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at the residence, and Kernan was arrested.

According to the news release, the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department has no indication that other clients of the business were videotaped without their consent.

According to news reports, bond was set at $200 January 29, and Kernan is scheduled for an initial appearance in Dunn County Circuit Court February 25.