Photographs show for the first time the secret lair where millionaire slumlord pervert Masaaki Imaeda sat in a recliner chair watching his tenants having sex via hidden cameras. Picture: NSW PoliceSource:news.com.au
Photographs show for the first time the secret lair where millionaire slumlord pervert Masaaki Imaeda sat in a recliner chair watching his tenants having sex via hidden cameras. Picture: NSW PoliceSource:news.com.au

Inside millionaire slumlord's secret sex lair

PHOTOGRAPHS reveal for the first time the sordid lair where multi-millionaire Sydney slumlord and convicted sex pervert Masaaki Imaeda secretly filmed his tenants having sex.

The photographs, obtained exclusively by news.com.au, show the black leather recliner chair set up by the 66-year-old property mogul facing a huge television screen inside a secret shed.

In front of the recliner chair was a foot rest on a milk crate and scattered around the secret shed were items which showed Imaeda used it as his personal boudoir.

Imaeda, who owns multiple properties and a shipping container shanty town, used this secret shed to spy on his renters' most intimate moments.

Imaeda spent hours in front of the television which was connected via Ethernet cable and an elaborate labyrinth of wires to cameras hidden in the walls and ceilings of his tenants' bedrooms.

The camera hidden in the light on the ceiling faced the wall of mirrors, giving Imaeda a view of the entire bedroom. Picture: Core LogicSource:Supplied
The camera hidden in the light on the ceiling faced the wall of mirrors, giving Imaeda a view of the entire bedroom. Picture: Core LogicSource:Supplied

The Japanese property mogul, who is currently in prison, was sentenced by Campbelltown Magistrate David Degnan last December to a maximum 18 months jail.

Imaeda pleaded guilty to multiple charges of using an optical device without consent and observing a person in private without consent to obtain sexual arousal.

As news.com.au exclusively revealed, NSW Police uncovered Imaeda's elaborate spy network in one of his suburban houses in April last year.

Police were called to the house in the southwestern Sydney by tenants who had found a hidden camera while Imaeda was away in Japan on business.

Astonished officers uncovered the labyrinth of cables, hidden cameras, and mirrors in and around the suburban brick home.

Police followed the cables snaking through the roof and under the floor of the home where Imaeda secretly filmed couples and young women naked and having sex.

They found the wires connected to the hidden lair in the backyard where officers discovered Imaeda also used as a dressing room, with his clothes, hairdryer and other personal items.

Case facts prepared by NSW Police reveal that Imaeda was already well known in the Japanese backpacker community for using cameras to spy on tenants for his sexual gratification.

He is also awaiting sentencing for breaches of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act for building his shantytown in Sydney's inner suburb of Alexandria in 2014.

The slum came to light when his tenants - mainly Asian students sharing one portaloo - narrowly escaped death when a fire engulfed the shantytown of caravans, shipping containers and an old bus.

Exclusive photos show the camera hidden inside the ceiling light of the main bedroom rented by a Japanese girl and her husband while Imaeda spied on them. Picture: NSW PoliceSource:news.com.au
Exclusive photos show the camera hidden inside the ceiling light of the main bedroom rented by a Japanese girl and her husband while Imaeda spied on them. Picture: NSW PoliceSource:news.com.au

Police facts say that the wealthy slumlord's secret sex den was uncovered when a young married couple renting a room in the Ingleburn house found a hidden camera in the ceiling of their room.

The couple had answered one of Imaeda's advertisements on the Japanese website cheers.com.au.

They agreed to pay $240 a week for the master bedroom in the six-bedroom house.

Arriving from overseas, the Japanese woman and her husband deposited two weeks' rent in one of Imaeda's bank accounts.

Five days later, on April 16 last year, the wife was scrolling through the internet when she found a Japanese website with a warning about Imaeda.

The warning stated that Imaeda owned multiple Australian properties which he rented to Japanese students and had been installing hidden cameras in the bedrooms.

Masaaki Imaeda greets friends last October, before his perverted spy network was revealed. Picture: Jenny EvansSource:News Corp Australia
Masaaki Imaeda greets friends last October, before his perverted spy network was revealed. Picture: Jenny EvansSource:News Corp Australia

When her husband returned home that evening, the young woman asked him to check their room.

In the ceiling, the husband found a small hole near the light fitting and a small camera connected to the ceiling light and attached to a cable through the roof.

The couple called police, who examined the secret camera and found it was set up to face wardrobe mirrors which take up one whole wall, from the floor to the ceiling.

They found the view from the camera was of the entire master bedroom.

The officers then searched the adjoining bedroom, which had just been vacated by a young female student and found a camera inside a television on top of the wardrobe.

The camera was facing the bed in which the girl had slept.

Police found numerous other cameras around the property and a dome camera inside the garage and outside the front door.

Police removed a giant TV, computers, USB sticks and other devices the millionaire slumlord used to record his tenants naked and watch them in this leather recliner chair. Picture: NSW PoliceSource:news.com.au
Police removed a giant TV, computers, USB sticks and other devices the millionaire slumlord used to record his tenants naked and watch them in this leather recliner chair. Picture: NSW PoliceSource:news.com.au

The tenants told police that Imaeda had a small bedroom separate from the house and next to the garage.

Inside that room, police found a monitor and a hard drive which had numerous attached cables which ran through holes cut into the wall and the floor.

The officers moved under the house where they found cables running through the floor up into the room recently vacated by the young woman.

A further search located another hidden camera disguised as a smoke detector in the wall of this room.

The cables ran through the wall from Imaeda's bedroom and connected through the roof to the master bedroom occupied by the couple.

Police then went to a converted shed at the rear of the property, which was used only by Imaeda.

Inside the shed they found a large television set up with an Ethernet cable running to it from the house modem.

A recliner chair was set up facing the television. They found laptops, cameras, recording equipment, USB drives and SD cards and another hidden camera disguised as a smoke detector.

The suburban home where slumlord pervert Masaaki Imaeda secretly spied on his tenants most intimate moments from a leather recliner chair inside his granny flat. Picture: Core LogicSource:Supplied
The suburban home where slumlord pervert Masaaki Imaeda secretly spied on his tenants most intimate moments from a leather recliner chair inside his granny flat. Picture: Core LogicSource:Supplied

Imaeda also had an open locker with men's clothing hanging in it.

The couple alerted police when Imaeda returned from Japan on April 29.

After pleading guilty in Campbelltown Court last November, Imaeda pleaded to be spared prison or an intensive corrections order because the property tycoon suffered "from a number of medical issues".

Magistrate David Degnan gave Imaeda a ten-month non-parole period which will mean he will be due for release from prison in October this year.

Imaeda has also pleaded guilty in the Land and Environment Court after being charged with two counts of breaching the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act over his slum town premises in Alexandria.

Justice Terence Sheahan has reserved his sentence on these charges for a later date.


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