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Man accused of taking pictures of naked women attended Christian college with some alleged victims

June 10, 2011 |  8:02 am

Harwell A computer technician arrested for allegedly taking photographs of naked women via webcam is facing charges involving at least six victims, some of whom are students at a Christian college he attended.

Trevor Harwell, 20, who posted $50,000 bond Wednesday, may have victimized dozens of people, police said.

Investigators said they found on his computers hundreds of thousands of images of women, mostly 18 to 25 years old, in various states of undress. The women are believed to be from Orange and Los Angeles counties.

“We have six victims in which he is facing two charges for each of them,” said Fullerton Sgt. Andrew Goodrich. "It's every fear that you're really not alone, that someone is watching your private moments."

Goodrich said they have identified several victims who attended Biola University in La Mirada with Harwell, who was friends with some of the women whose computers he repaired.

 “One woman has come forward since his arrest Wednesday,” Goodrich said.

Detectives began investigating Harwell last summer when a Fullerton resident reported messages popping up on his daughter's computer. The messages read: "You should fix your internal sensor soon. If unsure what to do, try putting your laptop near hot steam for several minutes to clean the sensor."

Goodrich said the message prompted many women to take their computers with them into the bathroom when they showered. He said that move allowed Harwell to record via webcam several women undressing.

The program he allegedly installed remotely accessed the cameras on his victims' computers, allowing him to record the women without their knowledge.

Harwell, who is technician for Rezitech, repairs Apple Macs. Investigators in September got a search warrant for Harwell’s computers and had a forensic specialist examine hundreds of files to uncover evidence used to arrest him Wednesday at his Fullerton home.

His education at Biola University was curtailed last year when authorities there began working with police on the investigation. Goodrich said Harwell had accessed the university computer system.

But university officials say he never compromised the security of their network.

Investigators warn that traditional peeping Toms are increasingly turning to technology, spyware and concealed cameras to prey on unwitting victims in the privacy of their homes, public bathrooms and other settings.

Goodrich said Harwell must appear in a Fullerton court July 21. He said he may also face charges in Los Angeles County.

“I expect more charges in the future,” the sergeant said.


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Photo: Trevor Harwell. Credit: Fullerton Police Department.