Attempt to suppress illegal videotapes goes before judge

A Mohave County Superior Court judge heard a defense motion Tuesday to suppress evidence, including videotapes, in the case of a Kingman man accused of videotaping young girls last year.

Public Defender Frank Dickey, sitting in for Michael Grondin, the attorney for David Owens, argued the motion before Judge Richard Weiss.

The videotapes are of girls and were taken through their bedroom windows.

Dickey argued that an oral request by Kingman police detectives to Kingman Justice of the Peace John Taylor for a second search warrant of Owens' home was not relevant.

He said defense attorneys did not receive the second written warrant allowing for an expanded search.

The first search warrant of Owens' home was for items reported taken in burglaries.

The oral request to Taylor for the second warrant came after KPD detectives found pornographic materials in Owens' room.

Chief Deputy Mohave County Jace Zack countered that there was ample probably cause and defended KPD Detective Ramona Tepfer's expertise in her request to expand the search.

Tepfer testified she discovered Internet addresses of child pornography next to Owens' computer as well as suggestive photos of young girls.

To Dickey's objection, Weiss allowed those items to be put into evidence.

Because of the hearing's late start, Weiss continued it to March 14.

Owens is charged with 10 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 is also charged with 19 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Authorities accuse Owens of possessing 19 computer images downloaded off the Internet that sexually exploit minors younger than 15.

Owens also has been accused of videotaped seven different juvenile girls and an adult female in the Kingman area between June1 and Nov.

5, some on several occasions.

Owens has been accused of molesting one of the girls that he videotaped.

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

5 and involve more than $40,000 in property.

Owens has been accused of attempting to sell jewelry to a Kingman pawnshop in October.

Kingman police detectives began investigating Nevada burglaries where jewelry was stolen and sold to the Kingman pawnshop.

The Boulder City burglaries were similar to burglaries committed in Kingman.

KPD detectives identified Owens, 37, as a suspect in that investigation and searched his home.

Police found videotapes of young girls sleeping in their rooms.

Owens is being held without bond.