Man charged with sex abuse

Al­legedly recorded mi­nor dur­ing shower

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - By ANDREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @An­drew_IndyNews

A La Plata man was ar­rested Tues­day af­ter be­ing ac­cused of us­ing a hid­den cam­era to record a 14-year-old girl as she show­ered, court records show.

Charged with sex­u­ally abus­ing a mi­nor and con­duct­ing sur- veil­lance with pruri­ent in­tent, Bryan Fredrick Si­man­ton, 36, was in cus­tody as of press time Thurs­day, await­ing a bail re­view hear­ing.

On June 28, the girl and her aunt re­ported the al­le­ga­tions to the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice. The girl told po­lice that dur­ing the early morn­ing hours, she was next to Si­man­ton on a couch watch­ing a movie when he grabbed her hand and al­legedly made her touch him in­ap­pro­pri­ately before she pulled her hand away, ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments. The girl then went up­stairs into a bed­room, talk­ing to a friend on the phone, when she heard some- thing in the hall­way. When she opened the door to see what the noise was, she al­legedly saw Si­man­ton who ap­peared to be touch­ing his gen­i­tals with a hand down his pants.

Upon see­ing her, Si­man­ton went into another room, and the girl woke up her aunt. They left to­gether to go to a ho­tel. The aunt re­turned to the house later and retrieved Si­man­ton’s cell phone, which re­port­edly con­tained two pic­tures and a video of the girl while she show­ered, court records in­di­cate.

Af­ter they re­ported the in­ci­dent to po­lice, of­fi­cers ar­rested Si­man­ton who later told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he “se­cretly placed a nanny cam­era in a bath­room to record [the girl] while in the bath­room and tak­ing a shower,” charg­ing doc­u­ments state. “… He then viewed the record­ings and live video via his cel­lu­lar tele­phone,” he told po­lice.

A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing date is pend­ing.

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