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Judge allows previous convictions to be used in case against videotape suspect

A Mohave County Superior Court judge Tuesday allowed prosecutors to use prior California convictions as evidence against a Kingman man facing 52 felony charges, including 19 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

In 1984, David Owens was convicted in California of four counts of burglary and seven counts of concealing stolen property, according to Chief Deputy Mohave County Attorney Jace Zack.

Owens also was convicted of vehicle theft in 1993 and lewd and lascivious acts upon a child in 1995.

Superior Court Judge Richard Weiss also set a hearing March 5 on a motion filed by Owens' attorney, Michael Grondin, to suppress as evidence videotapes of children taken through bedroom windows.

Kingman police said they had identified Owens, 37, as a suspect in the sale in Kingman of jewelry taken in Nevada burglaries.

Detectives said their subsequent investigation revealed videotapes of young girls sleeping in their rooms.

Owens is being held without bond.

He has been indicted on all 52 charges.

They include10 counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree trafficking in stolen property, six counts of theft, one count of molestation of a child and 12 counts of unlawful videotaping.

Owens has been charged with 19 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in connection with an incident Nov.

5 at a Kingman residence.

Police said the incident involved the downloading and possession of 19 Internet computer images of minors under the age of 15.

The 12 counts of unlawful videotaping were lodged in connection with incidents between June 1 and Nov.

5, when seven juvenile girls and an adult female in the Kingman area were videotaped, some on several occasions, according to police.

One of the girls was molested, officers said.

The theft charges are connected to incidents between July 31 and Nov.

5 involving more than $40,000 in property.

Owens has been charged with attempting to sell jewelry to a Kingman pawnshop in October.

Detectives said Boulder City, Nev., burglaries were similar to burglaries committed in Kingman.