Longboat Key voyeur pleads to 1 year in jail

A Longboat Key man charged in three cases of video voyeurism averted a criminal trial with a plea at the Manatee County courthouse.

Wayne Natt, 56, of Longboat Key, pleaded no contest June 7 to 14 counts of nonconsensual videotaping.

Longboat Key police found microphones and cameras hidden inside smoke alarms on bedroom and living room ceilings in a unit Natt claimed as his residence, 623 Cedars Court, and rented through Airbnb.com, an online rental marketplace.

Natt’s attorney, Peter D. Aiken of Fort Myers, said the sentencing was deferred until July 26 to give Natt “time to get his affairs in order because he’s going to be gone a year.”

“It’s just a time he’ll show up and surrender,” Aiken said of the sentencing hearing.

Each count carries a maximum of five years in state prison, but Aiken expects 12th Circuit Judge Brian Iten will accept the “guideline sentence” he recommended to the prosecutor.

The plea deal includes 11 months, 29 days in the Manatee County jail, two years probation, sexual offender evaluation and treatment and no victim contact.

“That to me is not enough,” Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming said.

LBKPD Detective Lt. Robert Bourque, who attended Natt’s June 7 plea hearing, said state guidelines required the deal since Natt has no previous criminal history, but expects the judge to designate Natt at the sentencing as a sexual offender “because it’s a sexually motivated crime.”

A renter reported finding the hidden equipment to authorities in September 2017, leading authorities to bring the first of three cases against Natt.

LBKPD obtained a search warrant and seized Natt’s hard drives and storage devices.

In reviewing 10 years of digital recordings, Bourque said investigators found nude bodies and sexual relations and identified two types of victims: women Natt dated and people he rented to through Airbnb.

Natt was charged with additional video voyeurism offenses, one case involving offenses between October 2013 and May 2017 and, in another case, 10 counts between May 2014 and March 2017.

The case made international news in 2017, with some victims speaking publicly of their distress.

In November 2017, the LBKPD filed a civil complaint under a contraband foreclosure law, seeking seizure of Natt’s unit at Cedars Court, saying it was used to commit the crime. Bourque and Cumming say the seizure case was settled, but details won’t be released until after Natt’s sentencing.

Another civil case, which was filed May 15 against Natt and Airbnb by John and Jane Doe, is seeking a jury trial and damages for privacy violations and the loss of spousal sexual relations. That case is in the initial pleading stages.

In the voyeurism cases, Natt’s sentencing is set for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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