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Tainter man accused of videotaping woman while she changed clothes bound over for trial

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE —  A 55-year-old Town of Tainter man has been bound over for trial in connection with allegedly secretly videotaping a woman at his photography business while she changed clothes in a bathroom in between photo shoots.

The Honorable William Stewart Jr. found probable cause in Dunn County Circuit Court May 13 in the case involving James E. Kernan, the owner of “Picture Perfect Photography” located on 562nd Street in the Town of Tainter.

According to online court records, Kernan waived his right to a preliminary hearing during the May 13 appearance.

Kernan is charged with one felony count of capturing an image of nudity and one misdemeanor count of invading privacy by using a surveillance device.

Deputies with the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department arrested Kernan 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.

According to news reports, Kernan told investigators that he had set up the video camera because he was missing two dresses valued at a couple of hundred dollars each and that he suspected the woman had taken them.

Kernan posted bail of $200 cash on January 29.

He is scheduled for another court appearance July 15.