A Lake Geneva man is accused of taking a cellphone into a bathroom at his workplace and shooting a video of himself and later another employee without the employee’s knowledge.
Nathan A. Russell, 25, of 838 Clover St. made his initial appearance Friday in Walworth County Court. He is charged with capturing an intimate representation without consent and a second count of attempting the same charge.
At about 2:45 a.m. Jan. 11, the other employee at the unnamed business told police that while using the bathroom, he noticed a phone under the wall-mounted trash can, according to court documents. The employee picked up the phone and saw it had been recording.
The cellphone video was about 33 minutes long and showed Russell putting the phone under the garbage can and then using the bathroom, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday. The bathroom then went dark for more than 20 minute before the other employee entered the bathroom.
Russell told police he was involved with a “rough group” that was into certain fetishes, according to the complaint. He met with the group at a Milwaukee club.
Russell said he was in financial trouble, the complaint states. He told police he was not being threatened and that the group offered to help him if he either performed sex acts or filmed himself and sold the video to the group.
Russell told police he never intended to film anyone other than himself, according to the notice of arrest. He also said he uses an app called Daddyhunt, through which he could view the video.
Russell is next due in court at 2 p.m. Jan. 29 for a preliminary hearing.