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Rock Valley, IA, Man Charged For Camera In Teen's Window

April 21, 2014, 6:06 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Rock Valley, IA, Man Charged For Camera In Teen's Window

A 19-year-old Rock Valley, Iowa, man faces his second trespassing charge in the last year after he was caught trying to retrieve a camera from the bedroom window of a teenage girl in Sheldon.

Cody Van Otterloo is charged with trespassing after the mother of the girl caught him looking for the camera at her home last week.

According to court documents, the brother of the Sheldon girl found the camera in the window Wednesday. A criminal complaint says the mother called police after the discovery and then watched to see whether anyone came to pick it up.  Van Otterloo arrived around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night and was arrested.

Documents say Van Otterloo first told police the camera wasn't his, but when the officer pressed him as to why he put the camera in the window, he simply said, 'He didn't know.'

KELOLAND News stopped by Van Otterloo's Rock Valley, Iowa, home Monday but his family said he didn't want to talk about the case and offered no comment.

Authorities served a search warrant on Van Otterloo's home on Thursday, the day after the arrest, and they say they found several items of potential evidentiary value that they will be analyzing including Van Otterloo's phone, computers and electronic storage devices.

The 19-year-old is still on probation after pleading guilty to trespassing last June. The criminal complaint in that case says Van Otterloo was caught in a Doon, Iowa, home in 2013 going through the underwear drawer of the homeowner's daughter.

Van Otterloo was fined more than $300 in that case. He now faces similar consequences nearly a year later for this latest case.

Van Otterloo is currently out on bond and is scheduled to appear in court April 29.

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