ESCONDIDO — A Carlsbad defense attorney was arrested on Jan. 21 for allegedly secretly filming several women and at least one teenage girl while they were at a tanning salon.
David Taylor Kaye of San Marcos was arrested after a 10-month investigation, and charged with 15 felony counts of child pornography, according to Lt. Craig Carter of the Escondido Police department.
Kaye, 43, was also charged with one felony count of possession of a firearm that was loaded, concealed and unregistered.
The attorney, who has a private practice of family law and criminal defense, also faces eight misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy, and one count of destruction of evidence, according to police.
An arraignment is set for Jan. 25 at the downtown courthouse in San Diego, and according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, Kaye is currently in the San Diego Central jail on a bail amount of $388,000.
Kaye was reportedly caught videotaping numerous women at an undisclosed tanning salon while they were in various stages of undressing, which prompted the investigation last year.
Kaye would film the women from an adjoining tanning booth without the women’s consent or knowledge, Carter said in a release.
That investigation resulted in his initial arrest on April 19, when he was charged with four counts of secretly filming a person.
In late July, the Escondido Police Department searched Kaye’s house and business with a warrant, and obtained additional evidence, Carter said.
A special master was appointed to the investigation because Kaye was a practicing attorney in North County, according to the release.
According to the State Bar of California, “qualified attorneys serve as Special Masters to balance the interest of professionals (e.g., attorneys, physicians, psychotherapists, and the clergy) and their clients in protecting privileged materials with the interest of prosecutors in securing evidence of suspected criminal activity. Special Masters are appointed by and responsible to the appointing court.”
On Kaye’s professional website it says he is a defense attorney with a great deal of experience in DUI cases.
More evidence was allegedly found on Kaye’s phones and computers, which led to his Jan. 21 arrest, according to Carter.
When asked if Kaye was married, Carter said that for Escondido’s part in the investigation, that topic did not come up.
The victims identified include seven females, and one is a 15-year-old girl.
Authorities believe there may be additional victims, and encourage anyone who may have information about the case to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.