Former assistant manager in Saanich Red Barn Market voyeurism case facing 30 charges

Former assistant manager in Saanich Red Barn Market voyeurism case facing 30 charges
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Red Barn Market at Mattick's Farm in the Cordova Bay area.

Saanich police say a man is facing 30 charges following a lengthy investigation into alleged voyeurism at a Red Barn Market.

In January 2016, police began investigating a man who allegedly filmed nine women over a four year period at Mattick’s Farm’s Red Barn Market without their knowledge while he was working as an assistant manager at the store.

The investigation started after a woman made a complaint to police when she found explicit photographs of herself posted online.

Matthew Schwabe, then 29-years-old, was arrested and police executed a search warrant at his residence. He was released on conditions.

Now Schwabe is facing 30 charges, including voyeurism, publication of intimate images without consent, indecent act, child pornography and theft under $5,000.

The charges against the 32-year-old man were sworn before the courts on Tuesday.

“It has been a long, complicated and detailed investigation that has and continues to impact many people. The strength and patience of the nine young women is commendable and we are very pleased to be at this point of charge approval” Sgt. Julie Fast, public information officer for Saanich police, said in a statement.

Police said they will not be releasing any further information about the case as it is before the court.

A civil suit was filed by two of the employees in January 2018 against Schwabe and Red Barn Market.

The claim accused Schwabe of recording the women at the store using the toilet and various states of undress between 2009 and 2014.



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