WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A former high-ranking New Zealand military soldier was sentenced in Auckland on Thursday for attempting to secretly film his colleagues in the country's Washington toilet.
The allegation that envoy Alfred Keating, 59, had a camera built into a unisex toilet in 2017, ended his forty-year military career. Mr. Keating, a Commodore of the New Zealand Navy, was the country's chief military officer in the United States, where he was responsible for defense strategy and diplomacy.
The camera was discovered in July 2017 when she fell from her hiding place in one of about 60 toilets used by workers and a suspicious employee took him to the detective Investigation on.
Mr. Keating resigned from the New Zealand Defense Army two days after not being guilty in March 2018 for visually capturing another person visually.
During his two-week trial this month, Mr. Keating's lawyer denied the camera was his The New Zealand Herald reports. But on Thursday, a jury found him in the Auckland District Court after thinking about it for four and a half hours.
Mr. Keating is sentenced later this year; The charge is a maximum of 18 months in prison. When defense officials were asked to comment on Thursday, he merely stated that Mr. Keating was no longer a member of the military.
No indecent images were found on equipment owned by Mr. Keating. The prosecution, however, cited a number of evidences that were brought to the jury's responsibility to Mr. Keating.
His laptop was used several times under his login between March and July 2017 to view the company's website that made the covert camera, prosecutors said. Software for the camera was also installed on the envoy's laptop – but uninstalled just hours after its discovery, they said.
The prosecutor's case also relied on the discovery of Mr. Keating's DNA on the camera's memory card as well as on security camera material and flashcard records at the Embassy after The Herald
in late 2017 searched police officers the home of Mr Keating in New Zealand. While they found no indecent images on his devices and no evidence that he had bought the camera, they found out that he had software installed on his computer to remove unwanted files.
New Zealand officers had previously traveled to Washington to conduct a forensic investigation at the embassy, which anticipates an investigation by the US authorities – Mr. Keating would have been protected by diplomatic immunity.
A spokeswoman for the New Zealand Foreign Ministry said that the ministry hoped the ruling would help close those affected. She declined to explain in detail what support the ministry had provided for the staff.