Landlord confesses to hidden camera, extortion

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (via WOOD TV 8) — A 66-year-old landlord is facing prison time after he confessed to setting up a hidden camera in the room of a tenant and then using the video to try to extort her for sex.

The official charge is called capturing images of an unclothed person. It is a crime taken seriously by police because it doesn’t just impact the victim, but also has a chilling effect on all of us.

John Michael Johnson faces up to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to trying to force a woman renting a room at this Alpine Township mobile home into having sex with him, threatening her with secretly recorded images of in her bedroom.

According to Kent County sheriff’s detectives, Johnson used a device that can be ordered online for as little as $60.

“The spying itself can be done so much more covertly than it ever could be before that it’s becoming difficult to detect," Kent County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Joel Roon said.

And more high-end devices are available, making detection even more difficult.

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