That Cherryville area businessman arrested in Myrtle Beach after being accused of recording young girls as they showered on his yacht had another day in court Wednesday. William Richard Hilliard III was back in jail Tuesday night after he made his $50,000 bond on the original charges just after midnight Tuesday morning. Myrtle Beach Police filed additional charges after further investigation. The Horry County Jail website listed the orginal voyeurism charge and seven more.
Hilliard had another bond hearing Wednesday morning. After contemplating a request that Hilliard be denied bond, the judge set an additional bond of $175,000. The judge noted that three of the charges of first degree voyeurism and violating a place of privacy involved three minors.
Hilliard turned himself in Sunday night after allegations were made that he used an iPad to secretly video young girls and women who were showering on his yacht in Myrtle Beach.
A woman who was a part of the group on the yacht said when the iPad was found sticking partially out of a duffel bag and recording, they took it and found other videos on it that apparently involved other similar recordings made at other times and places.
One of the girls in Myrtle Beach said she had babysat for Hllliard and recognized one of the videos being of another girl who had also worked as a babysitter. She said she recognized the video of the naked girl as having been recorded in Hilliard's daughter's bathroom.
Based on those allegations, the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant and took evidence from Hilliard's home--located just west of Cherryville--on Tuesday. In the search, deputies took several memory cards, another iPad, a bag containing a camera and recording equipment, an iPod, photos, VHS tapes, a Gaston County Sheriff's Office badge, a laptop computer, a macbook computer, several other cameras and other items.
According to the arrest warrant, Hilliard admitted to setting up the iPad to record the girls in the shower on his yacht, the "Yachts O' Troubles."
The charges in Myrtle Beach list eight victims, three juveniles, three 18-year-olds, a 19-year-old and one 20-year-old.
Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman said it may take several days to go through all the items his officers took from Hilliard's home. Charges in Cleveland County will likely be considered when that work is complete.
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