Las Cruces man convicted of secretly recording kids in bathroom was sentenced


    Paul Ikard

    The Las Cruces man convicted of recording videos of children in the bathroom of his home was sentenced on Monday.

    Paul Ikard, 53, was sentenced to four and half years in prison and has to register as a sex offender for life.

    Ikard was found guilty in October on two counts of voyeurism of a child under 18 and one count of possession of visual sexual exploitation.

    There was a video of a conversation Ikard had with the Las Cruces detective about what happened. Ikard said the accuser wrote herself a $10,000 check out of his checkbook. He demanded the money back and Ikard said the accuser blackmailed him.

    Ikard said in the video he put up cameras because of the threat.

    Court documents from Sept. 2015 say Ikard sent a computer drive to an Ohio company to recover lost data.

    In addition to the detective, a computer forensics expert testified about what was found on the drive.

    "There were 12 video files that they had identified as being potential voyeurism or child pornography,” the forensics expert said. “As well we have five others that appeared to be relevant in nature but didn't show any children or anybody on the videos."

    Ikard said in the video he put a type of nanny cameras inside of his house after the confrontation. The detective testified he didn't find any other cameras other than the ones in the bathroom.

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