ANN ARBOR, MI – A man accused of secretly recording hundreds of people going to the bathroom in Ann Arbor is free on bond.
A $100,000 surety bond was posted Friday, Sept. 9, for Erric Desean Morton who is accused of hiding cameras in bathrooms at various locations in Ann Arbor to secretly record people.
Morton, 35, is charged with one count of possession of child sexually abusive material, nine counts of capturing an image of an unclothed person and two counts of using a computer to commit a crime, court records show.
While on bond, he in not allowed to use a computer or electronic recording device and is prohibited from going to the Briarwood Mall.
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Morton was arraigned Wednesday, Sept. 7, on 12 felony counts following an investigation by the Ann Arbor Police Department that started on July 19 after an anonymous tip about the hidden bathroom cameras was reported by a business at Briarwood Mall
Morton was soon developed as a suspect and officers seized multiple electronic devices during a July 22 search of his home, police said.
The subsequent forensic analysis of the devices revealed approximately 200 hidden camera videos taken from bathrooms throughout Ann Arbor recorded sometime between Jan. 27, shortly after he was discharged from parole for committing similar acts in 2015, and July 22 when the search warrant was executed, police said.
The locations police believe Morton installed the hidden cameras throughout Ann Arbor between Jan. 27 and July 22 are:
- Altar’d State in Briarwood Mall. Restroom used primarily by employees.
- Bath and Body Works in Briarwood Mall. Restroom used primarily by employees, however public could use it if they asked.
- Hampton Inn, 2910 Jackson Ave. Women’s restroom on the main floor lobby.
- Wyndham Garden, 2900 Jackson Ave. Unisex bathroom on the main floor near the conference room.
- Vertex Coffee, 1335 S. University Ave. Unisex bathroom for both the public and employees.
- Starbucks, 2793 Plymouth Road. Unisex bathroom for both the public and employees.
- Sweetwater Coffee, 3393 Plymouth Road. Unisex bathroom for both the public and employees.
- Gallup Park bathroom in the back of the park near the playground/foot bridge. Not the main bathroom near the canoe rental.
Only nine victims, all adults, have been identified so far, Reiser said, adding that police are working to identify others.
The detective in charge of the case estimates there are approximately 150 to 200 additional videos of still unidentified victims.
To aid in identifying possible other victims, the Ann Arbor Police Department created a tip submission form online for anyone to fill out and provide a photo of themselves for comparison.
“Detectives are working diligently to identify and contact victims; due to the number of responses and images we cannot notify each person if we do not locate you in the images that have been collected as evidence,” the tip form states. “If you are identified as a victim, a detective will reach out to you and explain the next steps.”
The website can be visited by clicking here, or by typing https://sftp.a2gov.org/filedrop/hiddencameratips.
In Morton’s 2015 case, he had more than 7,000 videos between his computer and an external hard drive from incidents between 2010-15.
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He took videos of a family member, coworkers and his landlord. He also placed cameras in bathrooms used by disabled individuals he was charged to care for.
Images in his possession also suggested he had a device to attach a camera to his shoe so he could take photos underneath women’s skirts, prosecutors said.
Morton was arrested in May 2015 after a woman caught him recording her through a hole in a portable toilet at Ypsilanti’s Candy Cane Park, police said.
He fled the park when he was confronted by a Little League coach and parents, but was later found by police who executed a search warrant at his home.
During his sentencing, Washtenaw County Trial Judge David Swartz noted that in 2006 he sentenced Morton for similar crimes under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, a law that offers young offenders a chance to clear their record for first-time criminal offences.
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