A man in metro Detroit, Michigan was indicted in district court on two counts Wednesday after he was unwittingly filmed indulging in an Elmo doll during an inspection home.
Kevin Wayne VanLuven, 59, of Clarkston, has been charged with aggravated indecent exposure and malicious destruction of property under $ 200.
The incident took place at the home of a couple in Oxford Township in Oakland County, part of the greater Detroit area, on March 12. The couple had their home inspected by VanLuven before it was sold.
According to a statement from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, the couple left VanLuven and the buyer’s real estate agent at their home and vacated the property during the inspection. The 22-year-old owner was then alerted on her phone by a nursery camera that there was movement in the nursery.
When the owner checked her phone, she reportedly saw VanLuven in the nursery. “As she continued to watch, he allegedly started to touch himself and she started recording the incident,” the statement said.
“VanLuven then picked up the doll from the nursery floor and appeared to indulge himself with the doll. He then returned it to its original location,” the statement added.
VanLuven was arrested without incident on Wednesday by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Team.
During questioning, VanLuven claimed he moved the doll to inspect an electrical outlet, but did nothing else. When informed that there was a camera in the nursery, “VanLuven allegedly made incriminating statements and apologized,” the statement said.
Magistrate Karen Holt has set a cash or $ 2,500 bond on the charges. Exposure to aggravated indecency carries up to two years in prison and a fine of $ 2,000, while the property charge carries a prison sentence of 93 days and a fine of $ 500.
As a condition of his bond, VanLuven is “not to be in residential property that he does not own” and is not allowed to have contact with the victims. He also needs to undergo a mental health assessment.
VanLuven’s next court appearance is April 19 before District Court Judge Nancy Carniak.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said, “Just when I think I’ve seen it all, someone steps in and surprises me with a new level of disturbing actions.
“It’s a disgusting reminder to be careful who you let into your home. The actions of these owners will likely prevent this defendant from entering someone else’s home.
“Unfortunately, in today’s world, we cannot believe that the people we let into our home can be trusted. We cannot always assume that employers have done their job and trust that their employees are trustworthy and are there to do the job they were hired to do, ”he added.