KALAMA, Ore. -- It began with a renter's complaint.
Last year the woman told police told police she thought her landlord was spying on her through a hidden camera in the shower. The woman lived in an upstairs apartment inside the home the landlord shared with a second renter.
That landlord - former Kalama City Council member Paul Stickel - has been charged with voyeurism, but he claims he did no such thing.
Police searched Stickel's home last Spring and confiscated videotapes, televisions and cable. They also found a hole in the wall in the woman's bathroom.
In a March 2008 affidavit, police said videotape taken from Stickel's home "shows Stickel simulating taking a shower" to test the camera-equipped shower stall.
Detectives also cited a "secret viewing area" - a covered peephole - that looks out through a mirror on the woman's medicine cabinet.
Stickel claims the investigators are bluffing. He says the hole in the bathroom was already there when he moved into the house a decade ago. And there was never any recording equipment in the shower, he said.