CARTERET COUNTY -

A Carteret County man accused of placing a hidden camera in his female tenants' bathroom was denied a court-appointed attorney when he faced a judge Thursday morning.

Clifford Longworth Michael, 65, of Gloucester, was renting the upstairs portion of his own home to two acquaintances-- a woman and her adult daughter, according to the Carteret County Sheriff's Office. But Michael had placed a high-tech hidden camera in his tenants' bathroom and recorded "compromising images of the females," said deputies.

The camera was pointing towards the toilet and shower, the two victims said.

The women said Michael even asked for nude photos of them, but they refused.

The adult daughter's two young children, 9 and 11 years old, were also living at the home. But the victims said as far as they know, investigators did not find any inappropriate images of the kids.

During his first court appearance Thursday morning, Michael requested a court-appointed attorney. But the judge said if the suspect could afford a $400 camera, he can afford his own attorney.

Michael posted his $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court again on May 2.

The Sheriff's Office said the victims became suspicious when they noticed a new item in their bathroom. Once they took a closer look, they found a motion-activated hidden camera inside, investigators said.

The women turned the camera over to detectives, who learned the device recorded "compromising images of the females" that were stored on an embedded memory card, the Sheriff's Office stated.

The victims said they immediately moved out of the home after the discovery.

Michael was arrested on Wednesday. He later admitted to placing the camera in the bathroom, said investigators.

The suspect has been charged with felony secretly peeping using a video device.

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A Carteret County man has been charged for allegedly placing a hidden camera in his female  tenants' bathroom.

According to the Carteret County Sheriff's Office, deputies arrested 65-year-old Clifford Longworth Michael, of Gloucester, on Wednesday.

Investigators said Michael was renting the upstairs portion of his own home to two female acquaintances. But Michael placed a high-tech hidden camera in his tenants' bathroom, said deputies.

The women noticed a new item in the bathroom and became suspicious. Once they took a closer look, they found a motion-activated hidden camera inside, investigators said.

The women turned the camera over to detectives, who learned the device recorded "compromising images of the females" that were stored on an embedded memory card, the Sheriff's Office stated.

Michael later admitted to placing the camera in the bathroom, said investigators.

The suspect has been charged with felony secretly peeping using a video device and was placed in the Carteret County Jail under a $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to have his first court appearance Thursday morning.