IM man accused of setting secret cameras in homes
IRON MOUNTAIN — Details have been released in the case of an Iron Mountain man accused of placing video cameras in several Kingsford homes to record unclothed people, including minors, that is ongoing in the Dickinson and Marquette county court systems.
Scott Andrew Grubb, 46, has waived his preliminary examination, Marquette County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Andrew Griffin said. However, the paperwork hasn’t yet made its way back to Dickinson County District Court, so no new court dates have been set.
Both the Dickinson County Prosecutor’s Office and Dickinson County District Court Judge Julie LaCost removed themselves from the case due to a conflict of interest.
Grubb faces home invasion-second degree, a 15-year felony; three counts of using computers to commit a crime, a seven-year felony; and three counts of capturing or distributing the image of an unclothed person, a five-year felony.
Grubb on Aug. 13 reportedly admitted to Kingsford Public Safety officers he has had a pornography addiction most of his life and he was a “voyeur” who was “turned on” by watching people, according to a redacted police report provided by the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office.
He said he was living in Kingsford in July 2017 when he began watching a neighbor’s daughter through her bedroom window from his residence, the report states.
Grubb told police his family and the neighboring family were good friends and he had permission to be in the neighbors’ residence even if they weren’t home, according to the report.
Near the end of July 2017, Grubb said he bought a camera and battery pack online and then went into the neighboring home and placed the items in the ceiling exhaust fan in the bathroom, the report states. He watched everyone in the family going in and out of the shower but noted the camera angle wasn’t good, the report continued.
Grubb reportedly told officers he could record footage from the camera using an SD card or watch the live feed. He would enter the home and change the battery about every other day, according to the report.
Grubb reportedly said he later obtained a second camera and battery pack and placed it in the ceiling fan in the daughter’s bedroom. He then placed a third camera and battery pack in the bathroom exhaust fan of another neighbor’s home, and installed a camera in his own house, the report states.
In December 2017, Grubb’s wife found pornography on his computer, prompting her to restrict his internet access and him to go to counseling, according to the report. He admitted his actions with the cameras to his family in March, the report continues.
After disclosing this information, Grubb said he smashed all the equipment he used with a hammer, the report states.
He reportedly told police he didn’t post any of the videos he took online.
The neighbors didn’t find out about the cameras until August, according to the report.
Officers turned a hard drive, iPhones, iPads and a laptop computer over to the Michigan State Police crime lab as evidence.