California dad arrested, charged with child pornography after wife finds hidden camera in bathroom
A California father was arrested on Thursday for child pornography after his wife allegedly found a hidden camera in their guest bathroom that revealed more than 900 images of child pornography, the Redding Police Department said.
Police arrested Ryan Rovito, 34, of Redding, a town about 160 miles north of Sacramento, on a warrant on Thursday, just over a week after his wife allegedly found the hidden camera and handed it over, as well as a hard disk connected, to font. Authorities allegedly discovered the child pornography images and several videos from the camera after conducting a forensic analysis of the devices, according to the Redding Police Department.
“Videos showed children and adults using the bathroom who did not appear to know they were being recorded,” police said.
After Rovito’s wife first discovered the camera on March 8, he reportedly “acknowledged that he knew of the camera but undertook to remove and dispose of it,” the company said. police.
Rovito’s wife then turned the electronics over to police, “concerning that Mr. Rovito had harmfully recorded their young children using the bathroom,” according to the department. After conducting the analysis of the elements that revealed the hundreds of photos and multiple videos, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Rovito and arrested him Thursday during a traffic stop near Buenaventura Boulevard and from Placer Street in Redding.
According to Redding police, he was incarcerated in Shasta County Jail for possession of child pornography and surreptitiously recording an identifiable person undressed.
As of Sunday morning, his name was no longer on the prison’s online list of inmates.
Rovito did not immediately respond to a text message to a phone number listed under his name on Sunday. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
Rovito’s wife could not immediately be reached.
The Redding Police Department and Shasta County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to questions.