Man sentenced for secretly recording child in bathroom

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 52-year-old Clay County man was sentenced Monday to 15 years in federal prison for producing and possessing videos and images depicting child pornography.

Melvin Holmes was also ordered to serve a five-year term of supervision following his incarceration and to register as a sex offender. A federal jury found Holmes guilty on Sept. 16.

According to testimony and evidence introduced during trial, from March 10, 2012, through Aug. 19, 2012, Holmes installed a hidden video spy camera in several areas of a bathroom in his home. On several occasions, Holmes used the camera to capture pornographic videos and images of a child.

Partially covered holes in a sink vanity and two walls that housed the camera were discovered on Aug. 23, 2012. Clay County Sheriff's Office personnel were contacted and responded to the home.

Several items were seized as part of the investigation, including Holmes' laptop computer. A forensic analysis of the computer revealed images and videos depicting child pornography that were produced by Holmes.

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