Aussie Farmer Charged After Backpacker Found Hidden Cameras
An Australian rural business owner has been charged after a Dutch backpacker discovered several hidden cameras after applying for a farm work job online.
26-year-old Maron de Rooij made the "really scary" discovery after visiting the remote property on the Queensland Sunshine Coast.
The Dutch backpacker, who has a background in IT, responded to an advertisement posted online seeking a "male backpacker" for work caring for and transporting animals.
The role included weekly pay, plus free meals and accommodation at the property, located in the hinterland region Glass House Mountains, 43km south-west of the Sunshine Coast CBD.
On Tuesday May 28, de Rooiji visited the rural property for an interview.
"I saw the ad and I thought it was good and when he showed me my living quarters and I instantly saw the red infrared lights," he told 10 daily.
He said there were no other staff members on the site at that time.
"Then I saw a little alarm clock that wasn't set on the right time so I tried to set the time, and so I took it off and then I saw that there was a camera inside and then I looked around found a few more."
This included a camera on top of the shower.
"It was in a remote area and there was no reception whatsoever and it was really scary," he said.
de Rooij had to stay the night at the property in order to get the train the next morning but refused to shower and texted his host family as soon possible and asked them to call police.
"What was I going to do? I had no reception."
The police visited the site and assessed the room -- and de Rooij photographed the investigation before posting it on an Australian backpackers Facebook page.
"I want to warn other backpackers ... I really wanted that job to do farm work to try and extend my visa for a second year," he said.
Owner of Glasshouse Stables Spelling And Agistment and Animal Ark Transport, Conrad Cosgrove has been charged with recording/observing a person in breach of their privacy.
Cosgrove told 10 daily "it's an ongoing investigation" and would not provide further comment.
The ad for the position was posted from an account in Cosgrove’s name. He also allegedly interviewed de Rooiji for the position.
Queensland Police told 10 daily they attended the property on Wednesday May 29 and charged a man with "observations or recordings in breach of privacy".
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