Man accused of setting up hidden camera in Bristol bathroom likely to face prosecution

Published on Monday, 26 September 2022 15:41


BRISTOL – A Rhode Island man appears to be facing prosecution on charges he hid a video camera in a Bristol home where a resident was holding a celebration of life event for his deceased father.

John Nelson, 73, had applied for a diversionary program that could have spared him a conviction without having to go to trial. The program would have acted like a probationary period – during which time the 73-year-old would have been supervised and required to avoid any further arrests, in addition to any conditions a judge set forth.

Nelson’s case was unsealed from the public during a hearing last week in New Britain Superior Court – which indicates his diversionary program application is no longer pending. He is free from custody and is due back in court on Nov. 1.

Nelson faces seven felony counts of voyeurism. He has not entered a plea to the charges.

The Rhode Island man has been accused of hiding a camera in a wicker basket and pointing it at the toilet in a Bristol home on Sept. 5, 2021, according to the warrant for his arrest. Police allege he captured 11 individuals on the camera, the warrant continued.

Police wrote in the warrant that Nelson was attending the celebration of life event in Bristol at the home of someone he had known for 45 years. During the event, a female used the bathroom and said she found the camera as she was looking for something for her hangnail.

The camera was given to the man hosting the event, whose father died in 2020, the warrant said. He used the memory card in the camera to view what had been captured, finding a video of Nelson setting up the device, according to the warrant.

The man told police he did not view any videos after this.

Investigators said they were able to identify 11 individuals who were captured on the camera. Seven of them wished to pursue charges against Nelson.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Monday, 26 September 2022 15:41. Updated: Monday, 26 September 2022 15:43.