Evansville man accused of filming children at nude beach charged with five felonies

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Ted Sullivan
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
— An Evansville man accused of secretly filming young children at a nude beach in Florida also is suspected of recording a young girl in Edgerton.

The video shot in Edgerton showed a young girl sitting at a table while playing on a laptop computer. The camera was filming up the girl’s skirt.

A camcorder and wireless camera were used to record the videos. The suspect had recently updated his new concealable digital camera for $1,500.

Those were among the details released Tuesday in a criminal complaint charging Richard A. Granzow, 42, of 501 S. Madison St., No. 11, Evansville, of five felony charges of possession of child pornography.

Granzow appeared in Rock County Court and was ordered held in the Rock County Jail on $100,000 cash bond. He also was ordered to have no computers, no video or camera equipment and no contact with children.

According to the criminal complaint:

Florida investigators received a call May 23 about a man videotaping children with a hidden camera at the nude portion of Playalinda Beach at Canaveral National Seashore in Brevard County.

The man was using a camera hidden inside a bag.

Investigators talked to Granzow, who allowed an officer to watch his videos.

One video showed a naked child on the beach and other children in bathing suits at a water park.

Another video showed the young girl sitting at a table in Edgerton. The camera lens was placed between the girl’s legs.

Granzow told investigators the Edgerton video was taken in 2009 and that he was ashamed because “they were his friends.”

Granzow said he has traveled to Florida several times in the last few years and has made videos on his trips.

Rock County investigators searched Granzow’s apartment Friday. They found photos and videos of child porn, children’s panties and multiple camera systems.

They also found multiple press clippings on child sexual assault cases, possession of child pornography cases and a local murder case.

If convicted, Granzow faces up to 25 years in prison and a $100,000 fine for each charge. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, June 8.

Last updated: 2:13 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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