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Accused cell phone peeper in court

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A man accused of leaving his cell phone in a Gardnerville family’s bathroom to catch pictures of them naked appeared in custody in East Fork Justice Court on Monday.

Michael Joseph Donovan, 55, faces several felonies in connection with the case, including capturing an image of the private area of another person, possession of child pornography, burglary and use of the internet to control visual presentation depicting sexual conduct of a person under 16 years of age.

Donovan, a friend of the victim’s family, stopped by the victim’s residence. During his visit, Donovan placed his cell phone that is equipped with a camera in the bathroom. The female juvenile victim discovered the camera and told her mother, according to Sheriff’s Spokesman Sgt. Pat Brooks.

Sheriff’s Deputies responded and met with the victim and her family. After collecting the phone as evidence, Deputies and investigators responded to Donovan’s address, where he was arrested. Donovan was booked into the Douglas County Jail on $50,015 bail.

Investigators are still actively working this case, Brooks said.

East Fork Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins appointed attorney Derrick Lopez to represent Donovan, but told him he would probably have to reimburse the county.

Donovan told Perkins that he was self-employed and made about $2,000 a month. He is scheduled to appear back in court on Wednesday.