A camera alert from an owner’s nursery led to charges for a home inspector in Michigan this week, police said.
An Oxford Township couple were trying to sell their home and had it inspected on March 12 at the request of potential buyers, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a Facebook post.
The couple told police they let the buyer’s home inspector and real estate agent into their home and left while the inspection was in progress.
Soon one of the owners – a 22-year-old female – received a camera alert from her nursery that there was movement inside the room, police said.
She checked her phone’s camera and said she saw the inspector, identified as Kevin VanLuven, 59, in the nursery. As she watched, VanLuven started to touch herself, police said, as the woman began to record the video.
At one point, VanLuven is accused of picking up an Elmo doll from the floor and using it to continue to have fun before bringing the doll back to where he found it.
When MPs arrived at the house, VanLuven reportedly told police he had just moved the doll to inspect an electrical outlet.
After learning that there was a camera in the room, police said he “made incriminating statements and apologized”.
“Just when I think I’ve seen it all, someone steps in and surprises me with a new level of disturbing action,” Sheriff Michael Bouchard said of the incident. “It’s a disgusting reminder to be careful who you let into your house. The actions of these owners will likely prevent this defendant from entering someone else’s home.
VanLuven was arrested on Wednesday without incident.
He is charged with aggravated indecent exposure and malicious destruction of property under $ 200.
VanLuven’s deposit is set at $ 2,500. The conditions of his bond prevent him from being in a house he does not own without supervision or from contacting the couple concerned. He must also undergo a mental health assessment.
If convicted, VanLuven could face around two years in prison and a $ 2,500 fine, police said.
He is due to return to court on April 19.
The township of Oxford is approximately 40 miles north of Detroit.
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