ERIE, Colo. (CBS4) – Formal charges may be filed this week against an Erie man suspected of planting a webcam in his neighbor’s home.Gordon Schumacher, 35, faces charges of second degree burglary and unlawful sexual contact in the case.
Nicole Bernard described to CBS4 the frightening discovery of the cam and then the confrontation she had with the man who apparently was responsible.
Police say a wireless webcam was stashed in Bernard’s bedroom. Bernard told police she had stumbled upon it when she turned off computer speakers.
After the discovery Bernard, who is single, says she called police. She was so scared someone might be watching her that she then grabbed a knife, her dog and fled her home for a parking lot.
After a sleepless night in her car she returned home, only to find her neighbor who lives next door knocking on her front door.
“He just stood there and he started shaking. He just looked at me and said ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry. It was me,'” she said.
“He confessed?” CBS4’s Howard Nathan asked.
“Yes, he confessed.”
“Your reaction?” Nathan asked.
“I started screaming at him: ‘How could you think I was not going to see this camera?’ He just stood there and said, ‘I’m sorry, sorry, I’m so sorry. I know I have a problem. I haven’t done this in a really long time.’ And that was a shocker for me, too.”
Police arrested Schumacher soon afterwards and formal charges may be filed this week.
Bernard said she has a temporary restraining order against her neighbor and will be seeking a permanent one this week.
CBS4 was unsuccessful in attempts to contact Schumacher or his wife.