Man guilty of secretly recording child in bathroom

Published On: Sep 18 2013 05:21:54 PM EDT

A 52-year-old Clay County man was found guilty Wednesday of production and possession of child pornography.

Melvin Holmes faces 15-30 years in prison on the production charge and up to 10 years in prison on the possession charge.

After the return of the jury verdict, Holmes was remanded to the custody of United States Marshals Service pending his sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for Jan. 6.

According to testimony and evidence presented during trial, from March 10, 2012, through August 19, 2012, Holmes had installed a hidden video spy camera in several areas in a bathroom within his home. On several occasions, Holmes used the camera to capture pornographic videos and images of a child.

On August 23, 2012, partially covered holes in a sink vanity and in two walls that had housed the camera were discovered, and the Clay County Sheriff's Office was contacted. During the investigation, several items were seized, including a laptop computer belonging to Holmes.

A forensic analysis of the computer revealed several dozen images and videos depicting child pornography that were produced by Holmes.


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