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New allegations revealed in search warrants for man charged with recording young girls

William Richard Hilliard III during a bond hearing Wednesday afternoon (J. Reuben / WPDE)

The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office in North Carolina conducted a search of the home of a man charged with multiple counts of voyeurism in Myrtle Beach after allegations surfaced that he had also recorded girls at his home.

William Richard Hilliard III, 49, of Cherryville, N.C., was first arrested by Myrtle Beach police on Monday after he was accused of recording young girls who were showering on his yacht. He posted bond later that night.

Hilliard was arrested again on Tuesday around 9 p.m. on seven additional voyeurism charges, according to online booking records. Those additional charges are based on the location the boat was in, according to testimony during a bond hearing Wednesday afternoon.

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The charges came after one of the girls on his yacht found an iPad that was recording the shower and other videos saved on the device.

The search warrant shows the Cleveland County Sheriff deputy contacted the girl who found the iPad after she told them she recognized a bathroom in Hilliard's home from another video on the device.

The video was from Hilliard's daughter's bathroom and that the video was of one of the family babysitters, who was naked, according to the search warrant.

In the search, deputies took:

  • a black SDHC memory card
  • white iPad
  • a black rebel bag with camera and recording equipment
  • 2 white SD cards
  • iPod
  • photos
  • VHS tapes
  • Gaston County Sheriff's Office badge
  • Toshbia laptop
  • Black gun vault safe
  • USB hidden camera
  • Apple macbook with power cords
  • GoPro camera with SD card
  • Sony handy cam with SD card
  • Samsung handheld camera with SD card

Hilliard admitted to setting up an iPad in the bathroom of his yacht to secretly record the shower, according to an arrest warrant. The name of his yacht is "Yachts O' Troubles," the warrant states.

The Cleveland County sheriff says it will take three days to go through those items and see if charges need to be brought.

"We are going to get to the bottom of it here in Cleveland County," he said.

A judge set bond for Hilliard at $175,000 Wednesday afternoon. As of around 6 p.m. he is still incarcerated in Horry County.


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