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1:04 PM Fri, Nov. 16th

Peeping Tom suspect pleads guilty<BR>

A Kingman man originally charged with 52 felony counts, including illegally videotaping girls through their bedroom windows, could spend the rest of his life in prison after changing his plea Thursday.

As part of a plea agreement, David Owens pleaded guilty in Mohave County Superior Court to 12 counts of unlawful videotaping, five counts of second-degree burglary and two counts of first-degree trafficking in stolen property.

Owens was originally charged with one count of molestation of a child and 12 counts of unlawful videotaping and 19 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

In a separate case, he was charged with 10 counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree trafficking in stolen property and six counts of theft.

Under the agreement, all of the other charges were dismissed.

Judge Richard Weiss said Owens could face 100 years in prison.

Weiss is expected to sentence Owens Sept.

6.

Owens admitted to using dark clothing, shoes that would not leave footprints and a night vision scope while videotaping girls and one woman through their bedroom or bathroom windows.

The incidents occurred between June and November 2001.

Owens also admitted to prior felony convictions in California.

Owens had been charged with possessing 19 Internet computer images that sexually exploited minors younger than 5.

The computer images were discovered after Kingman police detectives searched his home during the burglary investigation.

The burglaries occurred between July 31 and Nov.

5 and amounted to more than $40,000 in property.

Owens also attempted to sell jewelry to a Kingman pawnshop in October.

Burglaries in Nevada attracted the attention of Kingman police because stolen jewelry was sold to a Kingman pawnshop.

The Nevada burglaries were similar to burglaries committed in Kingman.

Detectives identified Owens, 37, as the suspect trying to sell the jewelry and searched his home.

It was then when officers discovered the illegal videotapes, pornographic photos and a number of stolen items.