Girl (12) filmed in shower

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A MAN who al­legedly filmed his 12-year-old step­daugh­ter in the shower with a pen cam­era has ap­peared in cus­tody at Rock­ing­ham Mag­is­trates Court.

The man, who can not be named to pro­tect the vic­tim, was charged with in­de­cently record­ing a child who was a lin­eal rel­a­tive.

Rep­re­sented by a duty lawyer he ap­plied for bail.

She said the al­leged in­ci­dent hap­pened be­tween Jan­uary 1 and De­cem­ber 11 last year. He did not en­ter a plea.

Mag­is­trate Leanne Atkins asked to hear from the po­lice prose­cu­tor be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion on bail.

The po­lice prose­cu­tor said there were se­ri­ous con­cerns for the vic­tim and her mother should the man be re­leased.

“He is the step­fa­ther to the 12year-old vic­tim; po­lice found a pen cam­era in an air vent above the shower,” she said.

“The cam­era was po­si­tioned so it could film the 12year-old while she show­ered.

“The mother of the vic­tim found the cam­era and images of the vic­tim in the shower on the man’s mo­bile phone.

“She showed a friend who then went to her friend’s home and con­fronted the man. Po­lice were called af­ter that.”

The prose­cu­tor raised con­cerns that the man had al­ready tried to in­flu­ence the vic­tim.

“Po­lice spoke to the vic­tim and she said the man was go­ing to make it up to her by pay­ing for a trip to Thai­land for her­self and her mother,” she said.

“De­tec­tives are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the images on the pen cam­era and are ex­pect­ing to lay fur­ther charges as a re­sult.”

Mag­is­trate Atkins re­manded the man in cus­tody to re-ap­pear Mon­day.

“I’ll leave it as a part-heard bail ap­pli­ca­tion,” she said.

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