Sheriff: Camp director confesses to planting hidden camera

SEARCY, Ark. – A camp director is accused of videoing an adult woman without her knowledge.

On April 6, 2018, White County Sheriff’s Detectives responded to Camp Wyldewood, 155 Riverside Park Road in Searcy, Arkansas to investigate a suspicious device found inside a cabin on the property. Upon further inspection, the device was determined to be a camera set to record video.


During the investigation contact was made with the suspect, Camp Wyldewood Director Robert Powell, who confessed to concealing the camera in the tenant’s home with the intent to target an adult female, a release said. The victim said she had no knowledge of the camera.

Detectives then searched the entire camp and found no other recording devices.

Powell was arrested and charged with one count of video voyeurism. Powell’s bond was set at $2500.00 and he was given a Circuit Court date of June 5, 2018 at 9:00 AM.

“The Camp Wyldewood Board of Directors have been extremely cooperative during this investigation,” said the sheriff’s department release.

This is believed to be a solitary incident but it is still an on-going investigation, authorities said.

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