Police charge Virginia man after hidden camera found in home

John Michael Garvis. Photo provided by ACPD (Source: ACPD)
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WHSV) — A Virginia man was charged with filming undressed people without their consent and possession of child pornography after a hidden camera was found in a home, authorities announced this week.

Albemarle County police arrested John Michael Garvis, 28, on Monday following a months-long investigation, the agency said in a statement Wednesday.

Police said officers began investigating in March after someone reported the camera had been found in an Albemarle County home. Investigators searched Garvis' house and seized cameras and electronic devices that revealed additional evidence, authorities said.

The Albemarle County Police Department’s Cybercrimes Lab examined each of the devices.

Garvis was charged with two counts of possessing child pornography, two counts of intercepting wire communication and 12 counts of nonconsensual filming of undressed persons.

It was unclear whether he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

The investigation remains ongoing, with what police say is no threat to the community. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective George Cox at 434-296-5807 or Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000 or crimestoppers@albemarle.org.