Cleaner accused of indecent act likely to face more charges

A carpet cleaner has been fired for what he did on the job. Photo / TV3
A carpet cleaner has been fired for what he did on the job. Photo / TV3

A tradesman allegedly caught by TV3 cameras committing an indecent act at a customer's home was granted name suppression when he appeared in court today.

The carpet cleaner at the centre of a hidden camera sting by the Target consumer affairs show appeared in Manukau District Court this morning on charges of burglary and wilfully accessing a computer.

He was bailed to reappear on June 6, TV3 reported.

More charges could follow.

The Target episode, which aired last night, appeared to show the man going through the drawers of a Target actor posing as a customer, looking at her personal photos, rifling through her laundry bag and sniffing her underwear.

The man then appeared to switch on a computer where he allegedly accessed pornography before masturbating into the woman's underwear, which he then returned to her laundry basket.

Target said its producers handed the footage to police because of the "extreme nature of his behaviour''.

The programme broadcast the response of the man's employer, who said he was disgusted and shocked at the man's alleged antics.

"He fully deserves to be exposed for what he did while placed in a position of trust.''

The man had since been sacked, TV3 said.

- NZ Herald

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