HomeCrimeJoseph Troy Holbert sentenced for filming minors bathing

Joseph Troy Holbert sentenced for filming minors bathing

Joseph Troy Holbert (Escambia County Sheriff

Joseph Troy Holbert (Escambia County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office)

A 54-year-old man in Florida will spend more than two decades behind bars after admitting to hiding in a crawl space beneath a home so he could surreptitiously film two young girls showering. U.S. District Judge T. Kent Wetherell II on Wednesday ordered Joseph Troy Holbert to serve a sentence of 25 years in a federal penitentiary, authorities announced.

Holbert previously pleaded guilty to two counts of producing images and videos of child pornography. His prison sentence will be followed by a lifetime of supervised release and he must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida, Holbert in February 2023 hid in the crawl space underneath a family member’s home and used a hidden camera to film two girls, ages 8 and 9, undressing and bathing in an outdoor shower after swimming in the family pool.

The girls reported what they’d seen to an adult in the home who confronted Holbert and demanded to see his phone. He declined and immediately left the home, authorities said.

In an interview with deputies from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, the two victims said they were showering when they spotted “a black wire protruding out of the wall of the outdoor shower whilst they were in there after playing outside in their bathing suits,” court documents state.

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