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Man who secretly taped stepdaughter enters guilty plea

Russell D. Feeler

Russell D. Feeler

KINGMAN - A 59-year-old man who told police he put a video camera under his teenage stepdaughter's bed to watch for boys pleaded guilty to reduced charges Thursday.

Russell D. Feeler was arrested last September after his 15-year-old stepdaughter discovered a video camera pointed in the direction of her bathroom under her bed. The girl told a counselor at school that it wasn't the first time her stepfather had taped her, but that her mother had put an end to it. The mother was gone the week the girl found the camera under her bed again.

Feeler was charged with five counts but pleaded guilty pursuant to Alford to reduced charges of surreptitious videotaping and attempted sexual conduct with a minor under 15 for an act alleged to have occurred in September 2008.

An Alford plea allows a defendant to plead guilty without actually admitting guilt and is often used when a defendant feels the state would likely prevail at trial.

Feeler admitted to authorities that he put the camera under his stepdaughter's bed but that he did so to make sure boys were not sneaking into her room.

Under terms of an agreement reached with the prosecution, Feeler will be sentenced to probation, the terms and length of which will be determined by Mohave Superior Court Commissioner Derek Carlisle.

Feeler's lawyer, Lee Novak, told the court that the deal was the best resolution for a case that has torn the family apart. Feeler's wife attended the hearing with her husband. Novak said the stepdaughter has moved out of state.


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