Alton handyman pleads not guilty to installing bathroom camerasBy BEA LEWIS
Union Leader Correspondent
August 18. 2018 6:40PM
LACONIA — An Alton handyman accused of secretly recording clients with hidden video cameras he planted in their homes pleaded not guilty Thursday to wiretapping and burglary charges and was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bond.
During a Thursday hearing in Belknap County Superior Court, County Attorney Andrew Livernois successfully argued for police affidavits in the case to be sealed to protect the privacy of people whom Peter Mugford is accused of recording in their bathrooms.
Mugford, 58, of 187 Route 11D, was arrested Aug. 1 in Alton. Authorities allege Mugford, a self-employed handyman, installed cameras June 28 that recorded both visual images and audio without homeowners’ knowledge or consent.
Mugford also was charged with burglary for allegedly retrieving the cameras July 14 when the property owners weren’t at home.
He faces five counts of wiretapping and two of burglary, all Class B felonies. He also faces misdemeanor charges of violation of privacy and stalking.
The prosecutor told Judge James D. O’Neill III Thursday that the police affidavit names the alleged victims and details parts of their bodies that are visible on the recordings.
Such sensitive information, Livernois said, “could obviously cause embarrassment, distress, and upset to the victims if released to the public.”
Conditions of Mugford’s release include no contact with five people from two households, including two minor children.
The court appointed a public defender to represent Mugford after reviewing his financial affidavit.