RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The state Court of Appeals has reversed and vacated the guilty plea of an emergency medical technician accused of hiding recording devices in an alarm clock in the women’s bunk room of a Currituck County fire station.
The court said in a unanimous ruling Tuesday that Timothy Allen Ladd Jr. hadn’t given consent to a search of an external hard drive containing video images of four or five women undressing or naked. The court said the record isn’t clear if the images were from the bunk room.
The clock was found in November 2013 in the women’s bunk room, where evidence showed Ladd, then age 25, slept during his overnight shift.
Ladd was arrested on in early December 2013 and charged with Secretly Using a Photographic Device to Gratify Sexual Desire. Ladd entered guilty pleas to four counts of secretly using a photographic device in March 2014, reserving his right to appeal.
During the initial investigation, video was also discovered from a tanning booth located inside the Radio Shack located in Grandy, NC, officials say.
The Currituck County Sheriff’s Office says Ladd confirmed that he had also worked at the Radio Shack in Grandy, NC, from 1998 until February 2012.
— The Associated Press and WNCT-TV contributed to this report