May 22, 2017 update: The Denver District Attorney’s Office has dropped the case described here because of “statute of limitations problems,” according to spokesman Ken Lane.
Patrick Finney, owner of the residential real-estate firm FINN Real Estate, has been charged with five misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy for sexual gratification, according to court documents filed by police.
An ex-girlfriend of Finney’s told Denver police this year that she had found videos in Finney’s email account that had been recorded by pointing a camera up multiple women’s skirts and dresses, as described by a Denver police detective in an arrest warrant affidavit.
The woman told police she had discovered the videos in August 2015, according to the affidavit. She said she had access to his email because she had worked as his personal assistant at FINN Real Estate at the time, and she saved a copy before confronting Finney about the videos, according to the affidavit.
The woman told the detective that “Finney admitted to taking the videos and apologized, agreeing to work on his problems,” according to the affidavit.
The ex-girlfriend provided the videos to Denver police detective Daniel Tregembo in February 2017, after she was no longer romantically involved with Finney, according to the detective’s affidavit.
She said she could identify three women in the videos, according to the court document. She believed one was somehow linked to a close friend of Finney’s, while she identified another women as a business associate of Finney’s. She believed several others were taken in “open houses attended by Finney,” according to the affidavit. The ex-girlfriend also provided the original emails, which apparently were sent from Finney’s personal email account, the affidavit states.
The detective contacted one of the women potentially identified in the videos, according to the affidavit. The woman confirmed that she saw herself in the video and that she had a working relationship with Finney, the sworn statement continues. The woman said that Finney “comes to business meetings with an Apple laptop computer,” according to the affidavit. Up to four other women remain unidentified.
Tregembo obtained a search warrant and collected computers and a cell phone from Finney’s residence on March 3. According to the affidavit, Finney later admitted to the detective that he had taken “several videos up women’s skirts.” “Finney admitted he was wrong and said he took the video for the purposes of sexual ‘gratification,'” police said.
Finney, 46, was arraigned on March 31 and returns for a bond hearing on April 20.
“I am not sure what you’re talking about,” Finney said when reached for comment, before hanging up. A second call to Finney went unanswered. He apparently has been released on a personal recognizance bond, according to Ken Lane, spokesman for the Denver District Attorney’s Office.
Finney formerly was a co-owner of RE/MAX Cherry Creek before opening FINN, according to his website. He has “sold over $240,000,000 of real estate and assisted 500+ homeowners in the purchase or sale of their homes,” the website states.
“He always looks out for the best interest of his clients — you can depend on him to be honest and straight-forward while making the home buying or selling process an enjoyable one,” it continues, noting his donations to local nonprofits.
Finney’s full name is Patrick David Finney, according to documents filed in the registration of his business. Patrick David Finney is the suspect listed in the court documents.
“We will answer these allegations in court,” wrote attorney H. Michael Steinberg in an email to Denverite.
This story was updated on April 10 with a booking photo of Finney and comment from his attorney.