Clinton man charged with 47 sex offenses, 121 counts of invasion of privacy

CLINTON — A Clinton man is accused of 47 felony sex offenses and 121 counts of misdemeanor invasion of privacy, Clinton's police chief announced Thursday afternoon.

Timothy C. Geerts, 44, 1212 Eighth Ave. North, is charged with seven counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a Class C felony; 39 counts of third-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony; and 121 counts of invasion of privacy, an aggravated misdemeanor, according to documents filed at the Clinton County Courthouse. Additionally, a Clinton Police Department press release announced that Geerts also has been charged with one count of second-degree sexual abuse, a Class B felony.

According to the court affidavit, a female went to the Clinton Police Department on Dec. 27 regarding unauthorized videos and pictures that showed her nude and partially nude. The female had lived with Geerts until about two weeks before that date. The female said she located a Micro SD card in Geerts' cell phone when she was still living with him and that she had found multiple unauthorized videos and photographs of herself partially nude and fully nude, according to the documents. The female saw videos showing her and Geerts having sexual intercourse, authorities said.

The female also said she found videos and photographs on the card appearing to be taken from inside the toilet in her bathroom. The female said it appeared a camera was placed in the toilet and had recorded her using the toilet.

The affidavit continues that the female said she did not look at many videos on the card but told the officer some of the videos showed children. The female believed the card held hundreds of videos. The female provided the officer with the card and the officer then applied for and was granted a search warrant to view the contents of the card, according to court records. The officer reported locating over one hundred videos and photographs that were sexual in nature.

There were multiple videos showing Geerts engaging in a sex act as the female was sleeping, the affidavit states, with the videos having date stamps indicating they were recorded from June 1 through Dec. 5.

Some videos showed a hidden camera in the bathroom, with the camera recording adults and children utilizing the bathroom, the documents say. The court documents also say that some videos show a hidden camera near the shower and bath and depict both adults and children using the shower and bath, while others show Geerts utilizing his cell phone to record under the door frame of the bathroom when the bathroom was being used.

The affidavit also says that one video showed a sex act between a child and an adult. The female identified the room as the living room at the residence. Many of the images and videos showed Geerts placing the phone and camera in the hiding spots, the affidavit says.

Geerts was arrested Wednesday and brought to the Clinton Police Department. The officer read Geerts his Miranda Rights, which were waived. Geerts admitted the videos and photographs on the card were videos and photographs he took himself, according to authorities.

Authorities say Geerts told police that he would have sexual intercourse with the female when she was incapacitated by drugs and prescription medication. There were 39 separate videos showing Geerts performing a sex act with the female while she was physically incapacitated, the court records say.

Geerts admitted to placing a camera by the toilet in the bathroom and a crack in the shower wall, authorities say. There were six videos showing seven separate acts of minors engaging in a prohibited sexual act, and a video of Geerts recording a sexual encounter with a female approximately 10 years old, court records indicate.

Authorities say the card contained 121 videos and photographs involving the invasion of privacy of the adult female and three other juvenile children that were recorded at the residence.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 11. Attorney Joel Saldivar is appointed to represent Geerts.