Wyoming man charged with secretly recording nude woman

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WYOMING, Mich. -- Ben Crawford, 31, was charged today with secretly recording a nude woman and using a computer to commit a crime. According to the probable cause statement, Crawford admitted to committing the crimes which occurred in September 2016.

He appeared before a judge in Wyoming District Court this morning. According to the probable cause statement, Crawford admitted to installing a camera in a bathroom and storing the images on his computer.

Investigators said he used a towel hook camera to record a female tenant. Court records did not specify if this was also Crawford's dwelling. However, he admitted to trying to catch and record the woman having sex. Records state that he would remove the camera at night in order to charge it and then re-install it in the morning.

FOX 17 first interviewed the 31-year-old when his wife, Chelsea Crawford, was killed in a hit and run crash earlier this month in Wyoming. Police caught the alleged driver thanks to a surveillance video on a nearby home that got snapshots of the plow truck. Crawford's alleged crime took place in September. He was already under investigation for the camera crimes before his wife was hit and killed.

He is due back in court in a couple of weeks for his preliminary hearing and probable cause conference.

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2 comments

  • Dan Buther

    These bathroom camera cases are becoming more prevalent. In my opinion if they have the technical know how they should apply it to a legal job such as installing cameras in the correct locations such as a grocery store to prevent shop lifting not bathrooms. In my opinion what state of mind can this person be in to make this type of decision. There is one case out of Muskegon where a pilot that owns an aircraft management company was caught with a camera installed in his women’s bathroom within a hanger at the airport. The fellow served jail time. https://www.ntsb.gov/legal/alj/OnODocuments/Aviation/5430.PDF The bad part about it is that the person is still operating out of the same location just on the other side of the airport. 800 Ellis Road is his new office.