By Ethan Colbert
A Pike County judge will decide on Wednesday whether or not legal proceedings can continue against a Pike County stepfather accused of filming his stepdaughter without her consent.
According to electronic court records, Ricky James Haggard, 56, of Spencerburg, is scheduled to appear before Judge Milan Berry on Wednesday. The hearing is set for 1:30 p.m.
Haggard is accused of filming his stepdaughter while she was in the shower, asleep in her bed, and partially clothed in her bedroom.
As was previously reported by the Times, Haggard was taken into custody in late December after local law enforcement authorities were contacted by an investigator with the Missouri Highway Patrol’s Technical Assistance Team.
That investigator told authorities that investigation team had recovered Haggard’s phone and found numerous photos and videos of a juvenile in the aforementioned videos.
In those videos, the unidentified juvenile can be heard telling Haggard to not film her, according to the details included in the probable cause statement filed with the Pike County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.
Haggard has been charged with the Class E felony of Invasion of Privacy, the Class E felony of Harassment in the first degree, and the misdemeanor charges of Assault in the fourth degree.
If found guilty on the previously listed charges, Haggard could be sentenced to up to four years in prison or one year in the county jail. The court may also impose a monetary fine.
In court, Haggard, is represented by Grant Wobig, an attorney with the 45th Circuit Court’s Public Defender’s Office. The 45th Circuit Court includes both Pike and Lincoln counties.