Following an investigation that began last month, a Pennsylvania florist has been accused of hiding a small camera in a flower arrangement so that he could spy on a woman. According to local reports, this was learned after a relative of the victim found nude images downloaded on the florist’s computer.
Authorities say Eric Belak, the 57-year-old owner of Belak Flowers in Irwin, Pennsylvania, downloaded and streamed footage of the victim over a four-day period that stretched from May 1 to 4. They say when he was found out that he told the victim he was deleting the images/video he obtained of her.
He’s been charged with illegal use of an electronic recording device, invasion of privacy and stalking.
KDKA CBS 2 Pittsburgh writes that the victim’s mother questioned Belak, and that he told her it was “a stupid, drunken mistake” in response. He reportedly added “I’m sorry, nothing was shared” and “I don’t know what to say.” When police talked to him he’s alleged to have said “I only wanted to see her naked one time.”
Cameras for KDKA showed up to the florist’s shop, and reported that a “man came out and screamed obscenities while others locked the door.”
Belak, who has no prior criminal record, was arrested on June 1. He will have a preliminary hearing on July 19.