IMAGE: Matthew Walton

Matthew Walton was arrested for allegedly having a hidden camera in his master bathroom and recording family members.

A Genesee County man could face decades in prison after hidden cameras were found in his bathroom.

On May 3, Matthew Walton was in the hospital and his wife picked up his phone to call his work when she found images of naked people, Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell said.

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The wife called 911 and let sheriff’s deputies into their home to search, Pickell said.

"An unknown sorted life that he was leading. It just shocked her," Pickell said. "We got her permission to go inside of the house. And when we got into the house, we found out that he had a hidden camera in the master bathroom."

Deputies found a hidden camera in the master bathroom where they said he was recording people showering and going to the bathroom.

Walton’s wife said nieces and young girls babysat for them and often stayed the night.

Images of an 11-year-old boy, a 15-year-old girl, a 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl were caught on the camera, Pickell said.

More than 100 images were found on his personal computer, Pickell said.

"He observed his nieces showering, going to the bathroom. A friend of his nieces showering and going to the bathroom," Pickell said.

Walton was arrested and arraigned on four counts of surveilling an unclothed person and four counts of using a computer to commit a crime.

Pickell said the eight charges are to hold Walton until they can finish going through his computer and the prosecutor can issue more charges.

Pickell said at least four more charges are expected, all of them being 20-year felonies.

"Everyone has the fear right now. And we can all relate with going into a public restroom or going into a bathroom at somebody's house and being filmed," Pickell said.

The sheriff’s office has requested Walton’s work computer from his employer, General Motors, as well.

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