A director at CNBC is being accused of spying on his teenage nanny by putting a camera in the family bathroom to record her, the New York Daily News reports.
According to authorities, Dan Switzen, 44, hid a camera inside a tissue box “to surreptitiously view a person dressing or undressing… at a place and time when [the victim] had a reasonable expectation of privacy without knowledge or consent,” a complaint filed in Pleasantview Village Court reads.
On Nov. 13, the nanny, 18, invited some of her teenage friends over to the house and one of them discovered the camera in the tissue box.
They brought the camera to police, who found incriminating evidence on the camera’s memory card.
Pleasantville police obtained a search warrant and arrested Switzen on a felony count of unlawful surveillance, the Daily News reports. He was later released without bail, his lawyer said.
“He’s a very decent family man. I don’t want to litigate these allegations in the press,” lawyer Jeffrey Chartier told the Daily News. “We will defend him accordingly.”
Both Switzen and a CNBC spokesperson have declined to comment to the media.
Switzen went to the State University of New York at Albany before transferring to the University of Florida where he graduated in 1995 with a degree in telecommunications (television production), Heavy.com reports, citing his now-deleted LinkedIn profile.
In 1996, he began his career as a technical director at MSNBC, then two years later, he moved to become a director at Fox 6 News in San Diego, Heavy.com reports.
Since 2001, he has worked as a director at CNBC, working mainly with the “Suze Orman Show” and “Power Lunch,” his Linkedin profile said.