Southampton Village police executed a search warrant in Mastic Beach Tuesday at the home of a level-2 sex offender, who they say put a video camera in a dressing room during a swimsuit fashion show.
Robert L. Liguori, a 51-year-old self-described artist/photographer was photographing women during the July 12 fashion show at 230 Elm in Southampton Village, police said. Det. Sgt. Herman Lamison said Liguori entered the women's dressing room, hid the camera and walked out.
"One of the victims realized there was a camera going on the room," Lamison said. She alerted the others, he said, and police learned of the incident a week later.
Four women, between the ages of 20 and 31, were recorded disrobing, Lamison said.
Liguori was charged with four counts — one for each victim — of unlawful surveillance in the second degree, a felony, Lamison said, adding that he was also charged with three misdemeanor counts of attempted surveillance in the second degree, based on three other models who were never recorded undressing, but could have been.
According to the New York State Sex Offender Registry, Liguori, of 2 Whittier Dr in Mastic Beach, was convicted in 2000 of disseminating indecent materials to a minor after being arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
He also uses the name Leonardo Liguori, the registry states.
Liguori was recently arrested by Suffolk County police, as well, and charged with stalking in the third degree, a misdemeanor, on Sept. 7.
Lamison said further charges could be forthcoming against Liguori, after detectives finish browsing photographs and other materials collected from his home during Tuesday's search, which was executed at 8:50 a.m., shortly after Liguori was arrested. "We still have a lot of things we still need to go through," Lamison said.
At his arraignment, Liguori was ordered held at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverside in lieu of $32,000 bail.