Sheriff: Man admits to recording young girl in bath tub

Published: Dec. 3, 2013 at 4:27 PM CST
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Rodney Wayne Thomas (Source: EBRSO)
Rodney Wayne Thomas (Source: EBRSO)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Houston, TX man was arrested in Baton Rouge after being accused of recording a 10-year-old girl taking a bath on his cell phone, molesting a 10-year-old girl and being in possession of marijuana.

According to reports from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, a 10-year-old girl told her teacher that while she was taking a bath, she noticed a cell phone was hidden between two towels. When she checked the phone, she realized it was recording. She then put something over the phone so it wouldn't record her.

Deputies then interviewed the girl and she recognized the cell phone and told deputies whose it was. She also told them that when she got out of the bathtub and sat on the couch, the man touched her inappropriately.

She then told deputies that the man touched her inappropriately in 2012 as well.

Deputies arrested 55-year-old Rodney Wayne Thomas. Reports say he was frisked and they found marijuana in a plastic bag and marijuana cigarettes in a pill bottle; a total weight of 29.7 grams.

The probable cause report states that Thomas admitted to putting his cell phone in the bathroom to record the girl, but he also told deputies that he "had no idea why he did that." He also told deputies that he did not touch the girl inappropriately and didn't know why she would say that about him.

Thomas was taken to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison where he was booked on charges of molestation of a juvenile, pornography involving a juvenile, and possession of marijuana. No bond has been set at this time.

Due to the nature and age of the victim, no details will be released about the relationship, if any, between the accused and the victim.

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