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Pair face 250 felonies over locker room cameras

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A man and woman face more than 250 felonies for allegedly putting cameras in southern Wisconsin locker rooms.

Melissa Wenckebach, 28, and Karl Landt, 36, were charged this spring with 37 counts of conspiring to capture an image of nudity without consent, and 214 counts were added against each of them Thursday, according to the Kenosha News.

The investigation began in April, after Wenckebach was allegedly discovered with a camera in a Pleasant Prairie recreational facility locker room.

She confessed to police that she had been recording people changing at Landt’s request, according to court records.

She told police they had been in a relationship, and both worked at Uline corporate headquarters in Pleasant Prairie. Later, Wenckebach told investigators she had also placed cameras in locker rooms at work.

Wenckebach placed cameras at the recreational facility 40 to 50 times over about four months, according to court records, and at Uline for more than two years.

Police seized computers and digital storage devices found at Landt’s home, recovering dozens of videos. The 214 new charges stem from those videos.

Landt’s attorney, Jonathan Smith, had no comment Saturday. Wenckebach’s attorney, Jonathan LaVoy, said Landt had pressured his client to be involved and they hoped to eventually discuss a plea agreement with prosecutors.

“She has been cooperative and trying to cooperate in every way she can to make this as good as she can for everyone involved,” LaVoy said.

Both remain out of custody on bond.

Kenosha County Court Commissioner Jon Mason has ordered both defendants not to access the Internet on computers or tablets, unless for work. Wenckebach was allowed to keep her smartphone, while Landt was given 48 hours to cancel his plan or get a new, less capable piece of technology.

Wenckebach was previously listed at a Pleasant Prairie address, but court records changed it Friday to an Ingleside, Ill., address. Landt is listed in Waukegan, Ill.

Information from: Kenosha News, http://www.kenoshanews.com

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