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Ex-Arkansas camp director accused of video voyeurism, retreat officials say

By Brandon Riddle

This article was originally published April 9, 2018 at 9:52 a.m. Updated April 9, 2018 at 5:04 p.m.

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Robert Powell, 45

A since-fired director at a Christian camp in Arkansas faces a single count of video voyeurism after a hidden camera was found in a cabin, authorities said.

In a statement Sunday night, Camp Wyldewood said that after learning of the accusations against Robert Powell, 45, it took “immediate action” and fired him.

“We are fully cooperating with local authorities, and will assist in any ongoing investigative efforts,” camp officials said.

The White County sheriff's office said Monday afternoon that detectives were called to the camp Friday to investigate a suspicious device found inside a cabin on the property where a tenant was living.

Authorities determined the device was a camera set to record video, according to the statement. Investigators contacted Powell, who said he concealed the camera in the cabin with the intent to film a woman, a news release states.

The woman said she had no knowledge of the camera. No other recording devices were found at the camp.

Camp officials said the crime was not related to camp activities, retreats or group rentals.

Camp Wyldewood added that it is “deeply saddened by the events that have transpired” and will “make every effort to ensure our facilities are safe and secure for all.”

Camp Wyldewood is described as a year-round Christian camp and retreat center on more than 300 acres just north of Searcy in White County.

As of Monday afternoon, Powell remained at the White County jail in lieu of $2,500 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court June 5.

"This is believed to be a solitary incident but it is still an ongoing investigation," the sheriff's office said.

Arkansas Online reporter Rachel Herzog contributed to this report.

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TravisBickle says... April 9, 2018 at 2:38 p.m.

What a fine christian man he is!

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