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Carroll Twp. man allegedly recorded woman in bathroom
A Carroll Township man admitted he was trying to "grab a peek" at a woman after she found a camera recording her in his bathroom last year, according to police.
The woman, who spotted the camera in June, immediately left Wray A. Bassett's home after confronting him about it, prompting him to text her, "I have never felt this bad for what I did," court documents allege.
Carroll Township Police would later find four dozen videos of that woman, as well as images of underage girls, on Bassett's computer, according to officials.
Bassett, 50, of the first block of Old Mill Road, is charged with one count of child pornography and more than 40 counts of invasion of privacy.
Recording: The woman, who is known to Bassett, was using his bathroom June 12, 2017, when she spotted a piece of glass in a washcloth on the floor, court documents state.
She lifted the washcloth and found a GoPro camera, prompting here to take it out to the kitchen where Bassett was, according to police. She asked him if he was taping her in the bathroom.
"Oh my God, yes, I am such an ---hole," he replied, according to court documents.
He tried to get her to stay so he could talk to her, but the woman left the residence, according to police.
Texts: While on her way to the Carroll Township Police Department, the woman received two text messages from Bassett, court documents state.
"I realize I ruined trust in me and I am a fool. I have no excuse except my lousy (and Lonely) life. It was not fair to try and grab a peek," one of his messages said, according to police.
The other text said: "I have never felt this bad in my life and I can only imagine you are feeling 1000% worse and that is killing me," court documents allege.
He would send another message apologizing while she spoke to police, according to officials.
Search: After obtaining a search warrant, police say they seized Bassett's camera, computer and phone, which were then searched.
Investigators found 48 videos of the same woman as well as seven images of eight girls who were under 18, court documents allege. Those girls, police said, were either fully nude or partially nude.
Carroll Township Police Chief Thomas Wargo confirmed Thursday that the photos of the underage girls were not taken by Bassett.
While speaking to police, Bassett admitted to putting the camera in the bathroom with the intent of recording the woman, police said.
"Wray stated that he positioned the Go Pro camera in the washcloth to conceal it from (the woman)," Officer Michael Lohr wrote in charging documents.
Charges were filed Thursday, Jan. 25, and he was arraigned on them that day. He remains free on $50,000 unsecured bail, meaning if he does not show up for court proceedings, he could forfeit up to that amount.
Bassett's attorney, Dave Mueller, declined comment.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 15 at District Judge Richard Thomas' office.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.