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Patrick Junior Havens
courtesy of Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office

Lincolnton Man Charged with Secret Peeping & Sexual Exploitation

62-year-old Patrick Junior Havens of Null Road in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives and charged with felony counts of secret peeping, second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, and third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

On March 26, Detectives began investigating an incident in which cameras were used to secretly record persons without their knowledge or consent. The reporting party is a family member who found two small, discreet cameras in a bathroom at the residence where the incident occurred.

A search warrant was executed resulting in the seizure of multiple items including cameras that resembled phone chargers, recording devices, computers, phones, and other electronic storage devices. Several images and videos recorded at different times and locations were found on the devices. Some of the material included images of under-aged persons.

Havens was arrested Friday (March 31) and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $45,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (April 3). The investigation is ongoing.