Appeals court rules in case of hidden recording devices

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – 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 slept during his overnight shift. Ladd entered guilty pleas to four counts of secretly using a photographic device in March 2014, reserving his right to appeal.

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