A Pleasant Grove man is facing a possible prison sentence for hiding video cameras inside the bathroom of a home to record three teenagers while they showered.

John Kimble, 57, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of sex abuse of a child and six counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, all second-degree felonies. Each charge carries a potential sentence of one to 15 years in prison.

The 4th District Court charges were amended from three first-degree felonies of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and 20 second-degree felonies of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Investigators learned about the hidden cameras after a 15-year-old boy discovered a “digital camera device” inside a bathroom candle holder in the shower, according to charges.

The teenager told an adult who previously lived in the home what he found and the adult called the police department.

Officers obtained a search warrant and found “extremely large amount of pornographic videos and pictures containing multiple identified minors depicted in the bathroom ... ,” according to the police report.

The adult who previously lived in the home told officers she believed Kimble would enter the bathroom immediately before and after a child showered to set up and remove the video camera, the police report stated.

In interviews with police, Kimble reportedly said he used two hidden cameras to keep an eye on the kids in the home. He also told investigators the cameras contained pornography of the children that were recorded without their knowledge.

He denied sexually abusing the minors in the home but stated he “just liked to look,” charges state.

Officers also learned of three separate incidents where Kimble would reportedly punish a 10-year-old boy and caused “emotional pain and humiliation and were for the purpose of John’s sexual gratification,” according to the police report.

The sentencing is scheduled for July 23.

Ashley Stilson covers crime, courts and breaking news for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at 801-344-2556 or astilson@heraldextra.com.

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