Kevin Lee remanded to prison Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 November 2011 00:00

KevinKevin Lee, or Kun Lin Lee, as his personal documents state, is the 67 year-old acupuncturist, who became infamous for his severe betrayal of public trust when it was discovered by Belize police that he had recorded hundreds of videos of his patrons while they were at his massage parlors in varying degrees of nudity.

On Monday, he was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court for a single charge of aggravated assault of an indecent nature.  A 20 year-old woman, told police that while at his massage clinic on Freetown Road, he sexually assaulted her and fondled her private parts.

No plea was taken from Lee, and this matter will be tried as an indictable offense. The prosecution objected to Lee’s bail on the grounds that he is a flight risk, and that his safety may be in jeopardy due to the notoriety that his actions have gained him in the eyes of the public.

He was remanded until December 21, 2011, when he is expected to return to court.

The prosecution’s objection to bail on the grounds that Lee is a flight risk is a valid point. He was escorted back to Belize on Friday, November 11, 2011 by two United States (US) Marshals. Lee fled Belize in late September, when he had discovered that he was wanted for questioning by police.

Lee has been recording video clips of his patrons who came to seek his massage therapy and acupuncture remedies. He also had recordings of a female associate and himself performing sexual favors for cash to locals and tourists. Because they had been going on for years, these video clips amounted in the hundreds, and they were done by hidden camera, so the majority (if not all) were not consensual.

The story of “Kevin Lee’s sex files”, as members of the public have decided to dub them, reached police through a rather peculiar method. Best information to The Guardian suggests that some of his video clips were discovered by a member of the public who decided to blackmail Lee.

To prove a point that this person was serious about the blackmail, a portion of these leaked files were sent to the police via a third party, and that’s when Belizean authorities got involved.

Lee seemed to have been informed that he had become a person of interest, and he absconded to the US. Belizean Police issued an international warrant for his arrest, and Lee was intercepted in Los Angeles on October 3, 2011 by US authorities. He remained in their custody until he was sent back to Belize on Friday.

Although the public have viewed his actions as disturbing and criminal, Belize’s outdated privacy laws poses a problem to Belizean authorities. Because there is no direct offense that can be cited as one that Lee committed when he made the recordings, the police must proceed with his case in a somewhat round-about fashion.

Prominent attorneys have spoken to the media with doubt about a solid case being brought against him, and if he is able to get acquitted for this indecent assault charge, he may only face summary charges for the video recordings.

Concerned citizens have told the media that Lee must not escape the legal recourse for his brazen disregard for privacy, even though he didn’t personally publish or leak these videos.