Not guilty plea from attorney accused of secretly filming woman and possessing child porn
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A North County defense attorney accused of secretly filming women at an Escondido tanning salon, possessing child pornography and carrying a concealed weapon in his vehicle pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 11 criminal charges.
David Taylor Kaye, 43, was ordered jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail.
The San Marcos resident faces a maximum of eight years and two months in state prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Annette Irving.
Kaye is charged with two felonies — possession of child porn and carrying a concealed loaded unregistered firearm — and nine misdemeanors, including four counts each of peeking through a private area and secretly filming another individual and one count of destroying evidence.
Irving said the misdemeanor counts stem from alleged conduct last March and April, and the felony conduct allegedly occurred July 22.
Seven people, including a 15-year-old girl, have been identified as possible victims of alleged secret filming by Kaye, but only four are named in the criminal complaint, meaning more charges are possible, Irving said.
Irving said prosecutors are concerned about Kaye's ability to continue working as an attorney if he posts bail.
“We, of course, have concerns about his conduct continuing and there being any additional victims out there, so that is a concern for us,” Irving said outside court.
Kaye, who was arrested Friday, was the subject of a 10-month investigation that started when he was allegedly seen secretly filming women in various stages of undress at a local tanning salon. He was initially arrested last April 19 and charged with four misdemeanor counts of secretly filming a person, according to Escondido police Lt. Craig Carter.
On July 22, Escondido police served a search warrant at Kaye's house and business and recovered additional evidence, Carter said.
Since then, police have been working closely with the District Attorney's Office and a court-appointed Special Master for the investigation due to Kaye's occupation, Carter said.
More evidence allegedly found on Kaye's computers and phones led to his arrest and the additional charges last week, according to the lieutenant.
Carter encouraged anyone with information about the case to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.