Who is A Jay Allee? Texas Airbnb host secretly recorded over 2,000 videos of guests having sex
KENDALL COUNTY, TEXAS: An Airbnb cabin owner allegedly took over 2,000 private videos and photos of his guests through a hidden camera disguised as a power adapter for a router. The invasive recording device was found inside one of the rooms of Airbnb host A Jay Allee’s far-off Texas cabin. The 54-year-old faces 15 counts for the possession of images and videos of guests naked and having sex. The lawsuit accused him of invasion of privacy and intentionally inflicting emotional distress while his attorney claims he is innocent of all charges.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, the recording device that cost less than $130 was located by a couple staying at the retreat in Comfort, in July 2021. The camera was apparently hidden for nine months at the time when the pair rented the room. When the woman was showering, the man spotted the charging device facing towards the bed. Invasion of privacy is a very serious crime, last July, David Patrick Nims, a Church youth director was busted after he used a hidden camera to record kids in the bathroom. In October 2021, Arthur Freydin, an NYC boss was caught filming his aide in the bathroom and then had the audacity to blame his 10-year-old son and in January, this year, Justin C Julian, a Georgia school staffer was caught after he hid a camera in the bathroom to surveil students.
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In the case of the Texas Airbnb, the renter then rifled through the cabin to check if there was anything unusual and searched for ways to locate hidden devices on the internet. The arrest warrant affidavit also claims that the pair felt awkward when Allee allegedly told them to watch the sunrise in their pajamas or naked.
Kendall County Police investigated and discovered evidence to back the claims that he did allegedly film his guests for at least a year. The police also found the recording device attached to the router and seized Allee’s laptops, phones, and a tablet. In November last year, Kendall County Police unearthed over 2,100 thumbnail images of men and women inside the cabin. The affidavit read that some of them were naked, partially undressed, and involved in sexual conduct.
Bianca Zuniga-Goldwater, the attorney who represents 17 victims that stayed at the cabin said “It’s a real-life scary movie.". Allee was previously accused of four counts of invasive visual recording last November but now faces 11 more counts after extra charges were filed. Nico LaHood, a member of Allee’s defense team, says Allee maintains his innocence.“He is looking forward to his day in court."
Airbnb also took a stand and said “On our platform, we strictly ban hidden cameras. The reported criminal behavior of this bed-and-breakfast owner is outrageous, and he and his property are banned from Airbnb. Our law enforcement operations team has been working to support the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office in their investigation.”