Sean Moses allegedly liked to record video of girls and women at the beach and sports events. He also did it secretly in store dressing rooms and homes - even of women in bed with him, police say.
Then, they add, he posted the videos on a pornographic website on which he had a following. "Despicable and offensive" is how William Colarulo, superintendent of Radnor Township police, put it.
Moses, 37, of the 700 block of Broad Acres Road in Narberth, was charged Monday with multiple counts of invasion of privacy, criminal use of a communication device, trespass, and related crimes. He is being held at the Delaware County prison on $500,000 cash bail, according to Radnor Detective T.J. Schreiber.
Police called the arrest one of the "largest invasion-of-privacy cases in recent memory in the tristate area." They have found 86 videos and expect to identify more victims, Colarulo said.
The case was uncovered after a Villanova University student living on David Drive in Bryn Mawr reported Sept. 7 that a prowler had taken photos or recorded a video of her and a female roommate through their ground-floor window.
Schreiber had worked on a previous, unrelated case involving Villanova student Tyler Jones, who secretly posted videos of women dressing on a pornographic website. On the day the detective searched the site in his new case, luck was on his side.
"I found it right on the front page," Schreiber said.
The video was posted with the comment, "When you get caught out of position you ruin what could have been an awesome semester in voyeurism 101."
Even through the quality was poor, Schreiber was able to identify the clothes worn by the victims.
"Based on the photos I had, it was a clear match," he said. More detective work followed to find the identity of "cbr954rr," the user who posted the video.
Schreiber obtained court orders and was able to track down Moses using account information and the IP address from the website and Verizon.
On Jan. 8, a warrant was served at Moses' address, and police confiscated two computers and three cellphones. Moses, an IT specialist who works from home, allegedly told police that he was "cbr954rr," he uploaded the videos, and he has "a problem with this stuff," according to court records.
Further investigation found videos of teenage girls and their mothers in the dressing rooms at Forever 21 and Express in King of Prussia and the David Drive complex, Home Properties, in Bryn Mawr, police said.
Most of the store videos were posted in the last two years, Schreiber said.
"He could have been doing this a lot longer," he said.
Colarulo said access to unisex dressing rooms at stores needs to be addressed "on a national level."
Police showed a clip in which Moses is captured in a mirror in one of his own videos as he lies on the floor of an adjoining dressing room filming an unsuspecting woman as she changes.
Police also found other videos they say are not illegal but go to his "state of mind," Colarulo said.
Moses has been active as far away as New York, where he filmed a girls' volleyball game. He also posted videos of divers taken from the stands at a 2013 swim meet in Villanova's Jake Nevin Field House labeled "Swimmer Series," and at the Shore, where he captured teens on the Ocean City boardwalk and beach, according to police.
Police tried to get the videos removed from the pornographic site but found they reappeared quickly as other users reposted the clips in tribute to Moses. "He actually had a fan club," Colarulo said.
Police were able to charge Moses with trespass in connection with the Villanova photos. In 2002, he was involved in a suspicious-person incident at the campus, and the university sent a letter telling him he was not allowed on campus.
Moses, a business analyst at Fruition Partners, was set to leave the Philadelphia area on business Monday morning shortly before he was arrested, Colarulo said.
A photo on his Facebook page showed Moses in bed sharing a pacifier with a sleeping infant, his now-6-year-old daughter.
Police are asking anyone who may be a victim to contact them at 610-688-5606, Ext. 134, or e-mail email@example.com.