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Alleged video voyeur pleads not guilty to eight count indictment

HAUPPAUGE - A Suffolk County self-described artist/photographer arrested for videotaping young women at a swim suit fashion show in Southampton Village pleaded not guilty to eight charges of unlawful surveillance in the second degree today.

A Suffolk County judge raised Robert Liguori’s cash bail by $5,000 to $30,000 after unsealing an eight-count superseding indictment alleging Liguori “intentionally used an imaging device to surreptitiously view a person in a bedroom, changing room, fitting room, restroom, toilet, bathroom, washroom, or shower…”. 

Southampton Village Police arrested Liguori, 51 of Whittier Drive, Mastic Beach  September 18. Their investigation began July 12 at 230 Elm Street in the village where Liguori allegedly placed a live video camera in a dressing room used by female swim suit models during a fashion show. 

An intern working the event for swimwear designer Lu Berry of Southampton found Ligouri’s camera recording the changing room scene from a shelf in the corner.  The recording was confiscated by police and not distributed or copied.

Berry told officers Liguori introduced himself to her claiming to be an artist and photographer.

Liguori is registered as a Level 2 Sex Offender for a conviction in 2000 on federal charges of  trafficking in child pornography, transmitting child pornography, and transporting child pornography interstate.    He was discharged from federal probation in April of 2007.