Sheriff: Man used laptop to secretly film women undressing in bathroom

Brian David Phillips (Source: LCSD)
Brian David Phillips (Source: LCSD)

GASTON, SC (WIS) - A Gaston man is behind bars after Lexington County deputies say he used his laptop to secretly film women changing clothes in his bathroom while they thought the computer was turned off.

Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said Brian David Phillips, 37, filmed the women undressing in the bathroom after they had gone swimming in Phillips' swimming pool. Metts said the women were videotaped on different occasions between May and September 2008.

Metts said Phillips often kept his laptop computer on a countertop in the bathroom, turned on the laptop and camera before each woman entered the bathroom and undressed. One of the women told detectives the laptop computer's screen was black while she was undressing, which made her think it was turned off.

One of the women is now age 20. The second woman also is a young adult.

Under South Carolina law, voyeurism is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum punishment of three years in prison and a $500 fine, Metts said.

Phillips was scheduled to appear at a bond hearing at 8:30am Thursday on the voyeurism charges. Phillips was already being held at the Lexington County Detention Center on a charge of aggravated assault and battery in an unrelated case. Bond was set in that case at $25,000.

Metts asked anyone with information about additional recordings of women undressing in a bathroom at Phillips' home after swimming to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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