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Man accused of spying on Michigan women via computers

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A Charlevoix man from the United Kingdom is in jail and facing more than 40 charges for computer-related crimes.

Police said Wayne Tambling got access to several victims' computers and photographed them naked using the computer's camera without them knowing.

“They just noticed some strange things, some coincidences that led them to believe that someone might be spying on them,” said Tpr. Jeff Mercer with Michigan State Police.

State police said three victims came forward with that eerie feeling. A four-month investigation led police to Tambling.

On his computer, they said they found multiple nude photos of the victims.

“The main focus of this were images or photographs being obtained from the victim's computers,” Mercer said.

Just how easy is it for someone to access your computers camera?

Expert Kyle Kopytko said it’s pretty simple for any technician who has worked on it.

“It’s pretty easy to do, people that have other people set up their cameras usually give them full access and admin rights to the whole system,” Kopytko said. “It's really important to trust the people that are working on your network.”

It's so easy, police fear there might be other victims.

“If there is anyone else out there who maybe has dealt with this subject  with computers that they could contact us, because it’s a possibility they could have been a victim,” Mercer said.

Tambling works in IT at Wojan Windows and Doors. The company said they are fully cooperating with police.

“The investigation he was under had nothing to do with his employment at Wojan Window and Door and none of our information, our client or employees information is at risk,” said Shawn Worden, attorney for the company.

Tambling could face up to seven years in prison and further legal action regarding his immigration status.

He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

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