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Man charged with videotaping girlfriend's nude 15-year-old sister

23-year-old Timothy Backes 23-year-old Timothy Backes

COLESBURG (KWWL) -- A reserve police officer and firefighter from Colesburg is suspended from duty as he faces charges that he videotaped a 15-year-old girl while she was nude in her bedroom. KWWL has obtained information about this man's alleged crime but also his community involvement in both Delaware and Clayton counties.

On September 25, the Delaware County Sheriff's Office arrested 23-year-old Timothy Backes. He is charged with a serious misdemeanor -- invasion of privacy with nudity -- which is a sexual abuse crime.

According to documents, "On September 22, Backes did set up a camera in his girlfriend's sister's room. Backes did videotape the 15-year-old in her room, nude."

Authorities say Backes went into custody voluntarily, saying he was addicted to pornography. Backes is with both the Guttenberg and Colesburg volunteer fire departments.

The Guttenberg fire chief says Backes is suspended until further notice, but he added that he was "very surprised to hear" what happened because Backes is "a nice guy and an excellent firefighter".

Backes also serves as a Guttenberg reserve police officer and is on administrative leave.

If found guilty, Backes could face fines between $250 and $1,500, and or up to a year in prison.

He pleaded not guilty in court Thursday.

We were curious about why there are no charges that specifically mention crimes against a minor. We tried to reach the county attorney, but he was in court and couldn't return our calls.

Backes was released on a $1,000 signature bond after spending one night in the Delaware County jail. According to court filings, a no contact order has been filed and no further court dates have been scheduled yet.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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