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Charges: Hog farmer secretly recorded videos of women showering in barn

Showering is mandatory at the facility to prevent potential disease spread.

A Minnesota man has been charged with six counts of interference with privacy after he allegedly recorded videos of women showering at a hog barn. 

Nicholas W. Steffel, 26, of Olivia, was contacted by Renville County authorities after an investigator received a cyber tip March 18 from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension about a video on Steffel's iPhone that showed a naked woman in a shower, unaware that Steffel was recording her. 

Steffel allegedly recorded numerous videos of naked women at the hog barn he owns on the 84000 block of 365th St. in rural Olivia. According to the charges, an investigator discovered Steffel to be in possession of 23 videos and 104 photos that were taken between Oct. 30, 2016 and Dec. 12, 2019. 

The videos and photos taken until Apr. 22, 2018 fell outside the statute of limitations for charging criminal offenses, but there were six videos of different women that fall within the charging timeframe. 

All six told the investigator that they were not aware Steffel was recording them, nor did they give him permission to do so. 

Because the hog barn is bio controlled, everyone has to shower when coming and going from the barn to eliminate potential disease contamination, according to the charging documents. 

All of the videos were recorded at Steffel's hog barn, the complaint says, noting that all of the victims were naked in the shower when they were recorded, with some video clips showing that Steffel recorded them "through a window that looks down on the shower stall." 

The shower stall did not have curtains to ensure their privacy, complaint notes. 

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