HIGHLAND PARK, NJ—Authorities announced that a man was charged and released after police determined that he had secretly video-recorded a 19-year-old “female visitor” while she was taking a shower in his home almost two years ago.
Karl M. Kjer, age 57, was charged on February 17 with a single count of invasion of privacy for using a “secret recording device” to record the woman on June 11, 2015.
But authorities say that they have obtained “several” videos, indicating there are additional victims.
“The video was among several obtained by police, who are attempting to identify other female victims whose images were illicitly captured by the defendant.”
The official statement from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) did not specify what park of Highland Park the house was located in, or give any details of the victim beyond her age.
“The investigation determined the victim was visiting Kjer at his home when she was secretly recorded,” reads the MCPO release. “Kjer no longer resides at the home and currently is a resident of Jersey City.”
“Kjer was charged after an investigation confirmed the identity of the 19-year-old victim,” reads the release.
Kjer remains a free man, at least for now, after being given a summons to appear in court and released by police.
Potential victims or anyone else with information on this case is asked to contact Detective Donald Newton of the Highland Park Police Department at (732) 572-3800, or Detective Michael Connelly of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4340.
Charlie is the founder and editor of New Brunswick Today, and the winner of the Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Local Journalism. He is a proud Rutgers University journalism graduate, a community organizer, and a former independent candidate for mayor of New Brunswick.