Geerts accused of texting alleged victim from jail

CLINTON — A Clinton man facing dozens of sex crime charges has been accused of violating the conditions of a no-contact/protective order by allegedly texting one of his victims from jail.

Timothy C. Geerts, 45, 241 Seventh Ave. North, is charged with one count of contempt, violation of no-contact/protective order. A hearing for the alleged violation of a no-contact order is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Court documents allege that on Feb. 18 an officer was contacted by a Clinton County Jail corrections officer in reference to text messages between Geerts and a female using the Clinton County Jail's Reliance telephone system. The officer was provided with text messages that started on Feb. 14 and ended on Feb. 18. The officer confirmed there was a valid no-contact order between Geerts and the victim, who was a protected party. The order was issued on Jan. 15. The victim said she received text messages from Geerts on her personal cell phone.

Geerts is charged with one count of second-degree sexual abuse, a Class B felony; 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, nudity, an aggravated misdemeanor. Final pretrial conferences are scheduled for 10 a.m. March 14. A jury trial is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. April 8.

Defense attorney Scott J. Nelson on Jan. 24 filed an application for bond review as Geerts has been seeking to have his bond lowered in an effort to get out of jail. The application states bond was set at $25,000 cash only in one case and $10,000 cash only in the other case, which Geerts was unable to post. The motion says Geerts had a place to reside after posting bond, had no prior criminal history, had a work opportunity if he was released, was not a danger to the community and is not a flight risk.

According to the court affidavit detailing the charges that led to Geerts' initial arrest, a female went to the Clinton Police Department on Dec. 27 to speak with an officer regarding unauthorized videos and pictures being taken of her nude and partially nude. The female said she lived with Geerts until two weeks prior. The female said she located a Micro SD card from Geerts’ cell phone when she was still living with him at his residence.

She reported that she observed multiple unauthorized videos and photographs of herself partially nude and fully nude, according to court documents, which also state the female said she observed unauthorized videos on the card showing Geerts and her having sexual intercourse.

The female said she found videos and photographs on the card that appeared to be taken from inside the toilet in her bathroom at Geerts’ residence. 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.

A search warrant to examine the card’s contents was executed by a police officer, who observed a video showing an adult male committing a sex act on a juvenile female as well, the documents state. The officer reported locating over 100 videos and photographs that were sexual in nature.

The officer on Jan. 2 conducted a recorded interview with Geerts at the Clinton Police Department, when, police say, Geerts admitted to authorities that images in the video were of him. He admitted the juvenile was a 10-year-old female and that the video was produced in his residence, according to court records.

Geerts was arrested Jan. 2.