Tech worker indicted for secretly filming people in bathrooms at company, residence

Shay Yakobi, 31, reaches agreement with prosecutors that will see him admit to charges

Illustrative: The Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
Illustrative: The Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

A team leader at tech firm was charged Monday for allegedly filming 20 people while naked and in intimate situations, using secret cameras he set up at bathrooms in the workplace and a residence where he stayed.

According to the indictment filed at the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court, 10 women were among those filmed, and some minors were caught nude on camera at the residence while getting dressed.

The indictment said Ashdod resident Shay Yakobi, 31, saved the videos he collected on his personal computer, organizing them according to the names of women and separating out those that featured only men, the indictment said.

When an employee disconnected a camera in the workplace bathroom, Yakobi replaced it with one he set up in the residence, it alleged.

In addition, when a past acquaintance of Yakobi asked him for help with her phone, he entered her photo album and sent pictures of her in a bikini at the beach to himself via the WhatsApp messaging app, according to the charge sheet.

As part of an agreement with prosecutors, Yakobi will admit to the charges filed, including offenses relating to indecent acts, violation of privacy, wiretapping and intruding into computer material.

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