Illicit bathroom camera case heads to trial 

A landlord who is accused of hiding a video camera in the bathroom vent of one of his tenants’ homes is scheduled to return to court for a jury trial Nov. 5.

Lon Joseph Baylor, 51, was the landlord at a duplex in Millbrae in 2009 when a female tenant accused him of spying on her and her 13-year-old daughter. The woman, now 39, had been living there for less than a year when she found footprints on her bathroom floor, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti of the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. The woman discovered the camera after she became suspicious and started searching for evidence.

Police confronted Baylor and found the woman’s underwear in his home, along with pornography on his computer depicting sex between adult men and young girls. The woman’s daughter was not the subject of the pornography, Guidotti said.

Baylor allegedly told police he had planted the camera, but only because the woman was behind on rent.

Baylor is out of custody on $13,000 bail. He is charged with felony possession of child pornography and two misdemeanors. If convicted, he could face up to three years in prison.

ccopeland@sfexaminer.com

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