After a four-month investigation an Ahwatukee Foothills man has been arrested and booked on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, and two counts of surreptitious recording.
In October of 2012 police said a woman living in an apartment at 4727 E. Warner Road discovered a hidden video camera on her second-story balcony, recording the interior of her dwelling.
“Upon reviewing the tape officers learned that the person who placed the camera had recorded his distinctive shoes in the image while placing the camera,” Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department said in an official statement. “The victim recognized the shoes as belonging to a nearby resident at the complex. This same resident was seen walking around the victim’s apartment several times after the camera was recovered.”
On Oct. 31 detectives arrested Donald Linville, 23. Linville admitted being involved in the recording and was booked for burglary, attempted voyeurism, harassment and false reporting, police said. Police used a search warrant to gather all of Linville’s computers, recordings and storage devices.
Linville was released from jail with an electronic monitoring device while the Phoenix Police Department Forensic Imaging Unit completed analysis of his computers.
“On March 4, 2013, detectives completed the analysis of the suspect’s computers and located several videos of the suspect engaging in sexual intercourse with various females,” Crump said in a statement. “Given some of the conduct, detectives did not believe the females were aware of the recordings. Three of six females were identified and confirmed they did not know they were being recorded, one was determined to be 15 years of age. Three of the females have yet to be identified and detectives believe one or more of them is also a minor.”
Police also found multiple images of child pornography, involving children under the age of 12, on Linville’s computer. Linville was re-arrested at a pre-trial services meeting. He admitted to being the sole owner and operator of the computers, police said. That’s when he was booked on the 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, and two counts of surreptitious recording.
At Linville’s initial court appearance the hearing officer set the bond at $18,000. Linville asked to be released again on electronic monitoring but the hearing officer refused, based on the information she had read in the police report and statements from a potential victim.
Police believe the incidents occurred in apartment buildings at both 4727 E. Warner Road and 15251 S. 50th St. in Ahwatukee Foothills.
Detectives are asking for anyone with information about this investigation to contact the Phoenix Police Department’s family Investigations Unit at (602) 534-2121 or Silent Witness, 480-WITNESS.