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Inwood man charged with filming girl at school

December 11, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 43-year-old Inwood, W.Va., man is accused of filming a girl while she was changing clothes during a dance performance at Martinsburg High School in June 2011, according to court documents and school officials.

Brent Andrew Grubb, of 105 Grubb Landing, was arraigned Tuesday by Berkeley County Magistrate Sandra L. Miller on one felony count of attempting to produce obscene matter, according to court documents.

Grubb was not a school employee, but West Virginia State Police Sgt. D.E. Boober said in a complaint that the defendant had access to the changing area for the June 22 dance production and knew when the girl would be changing outfits during the event, court documents state.

In video footage reviewed by police, the defendant “can be clearly seen setting up the hidden video camera in the dressing room and looking into (the) video camera to make sure it is pointed to a specific location, which again is the area of the changing room which was specifically assigned to the minor female victim,” Boober said in his complaint.

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Boober said subsequent footage shows a side profile of the victim changing outfits, documents state.

Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny P. Arvon said the high school was being rented by an outside organization for the dance production and did not involve staff.

Typically, a school custodian opens the school for a rental, but staff are otherwise not on hand for such activities, Arvon said.

Arvon said he was unaware that charges were filed and indicated he had not been contacted by police about the alleged incident.

The warrant charging the defendant was issued in November 2012, according to court documents. Boober indicated in his complaint that he was contacted in August 2011 about the alleged activities, according to court documents.

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