Nanny Vanessa Rivas. Picture: Angel Chevrestt
Nanny Vanessa Rivas. Picture: Angel Chevrestt

Couple videoed me in the shower: nanny

The husband of a New York prosecutor could face criminal charges after he and his wife allegedly videotaped their nanny undressing and showering in their bathroom.

Vanessa Rivas, 23, claims she caught Matthew Seltzer and his wife Lauren Angelo-Seltzer red-handed in January 2018 as she was about to disrobe and shower at their Manhattan apartment.

She told the New York Post she spotted the hidden camera, disguised to look like a black iPhone charger.

"I noticed a glare, and I was just like, wait this is odd, so I pulled it out of the socket, and the last video is me looking at it like, 'What is this?'," Ms Rivas said.

When she confronted Ms Angelo-Seltzer, an assistant district attorney, she denied any knowledge of the camera - then used her law enforcement connections to try to intimidate the young care giver, Ms Rivas claims.

The prosecutor summoned cops from the 13th Precinct, who threatened to arrest Ms Rivas if she didn't hand over the camera's memory card, the nanny says. When she refused, officers let her go.

 

Vanessa Rivas says a camera spied on her in a New York apartment. Picture: Angel Chevrestt
Vanessa Rivas says a camera spied on her in a New York apartment. Picture: Angel Chevrestt

 

Then Ms Angelo-Seltzer's mother, former Manhattan Criminal Court judge Eileen Koretz, offered to pay Ms Rivas for lost earnings after she'd quit her nanny gig if Ms Rivas agreed to "end this".

Instead, Ms Rivas filed a police report and hired lawyer Vincent White to file a civil case against the couple.

Ms Koretz, a judicial hearing officer, has since resigned from that post amid a probe by the state court inspector-general, which is looking into whether the ex-judge meddled in the case, according to a court spokesman.

"I resigned solely for personal reasons and to spend more time with my family," Ms Koretz said in an email to the Post when asked if her departure was related to Ms Rivas's claims.

But court inspector-general Sherrill Spatz launched her probe in January after the Post reported on the lawsuit.

Ms Koretz resigned in April, before the probe was completed, according to state court spokesperson Lucian Chalfen.

Ms Rivas declined to drop the charges in an early deal offered to Mr Seltzer by Brooklyn prosecutors, who are handling the case to avoid a conflict of interest, according to Ms Rivas's lawyer.

He said prosecutors revealed that Mr Seltzer tried to alter his credit card statements to hide the camera purchase, leading to the possible falsification of business records charge, Mr White claims.

Court documents show Mr Seltzer and Ms Angelo-Seltzer have hired separate attorneys.

 

The camera was disguised as a camera. Picture: Vanessa Rivas
The camera was disguised as a camera. Picture: Vanessa Rivas

 

Mr White said a grand jury could soon hear evidence against Mr Seltzer, 35, including possible felony charges of unlawful surveillance, attempted unlawful surveillance and falsification of business records.

"I am glad to see the District Attorney's office finally moving forward with some semblance of justice," said Mr White, noting that Brooklyn prosecutors told him they would present the case to a grand jury within four to six weeks.

If convicted, Mr Seltzer faces four to seven years in prison and could have to register as a sex offender.

Mr Seltzer and his lawyer could not be reached for comment.

This article originally appeared in the New York Post and is republished with permission


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