A suburban Chicago man and woman have been charged with more than 250 felonies, accused of putting cameras in southern Wisconsin locker rooms.
Melissa Wenckebach, 28, and Karl Landt, 36, had been charged last spring with 37 counts of conspiring to capture an image of nudity without consent, and 214 counts were added against each of them Thursday.
Wenckebach was previously listed at a Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, address, but court records changed it Friday to a suburban Chicago address, in Ingleside. Landt is listed as living in Waukegan.
The investigation began in April, after authorities say they discovered Wenckebach with a camera in a Pleasant Prairie recreational facility locker room.
She confessed that she had been recording people changing at Landt’s request, according to court records.
She told the police they had been in a relationship, and both worked at Uline corporate headquarters in Pleasant Prairie. Later, Wenckebach told investigators she also placed cameras in locker rooms at work.
Wenckebach placed cameras at the recreational facility 40 to 50 times over about four months, according to court records, and at Uline for more than two years.
Police seized computers and digital storage devices found at Landtís home, recovering dozens of videos. The 214 new charges stem from those videos.
Landt’s attorney Jonathan Smith had no comment Saturday. Wenckebach’s attorney Jonathan LaVoy said Landt had pressured his client to be involved.
“She has been cooperative and trying to cooperate in every way she can to make this as good as she can for everyone involved,” LaVoy said.
Both remain free on bail.
Kenosha County,Wisconsin, Court Commissioner Jon Mason has ordered both defendants not to access the Internet on computers or tablets, unless for work. Wenckebach was allowed to keep her smartphone, and Landt was given 48 hours to cancel his plan or get a new, less capable piece of technology.