NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - A Noblesville, Ind., woman handed police dozens of photos and videos that officers believe were recorded when her husband installed a hidden camera in a local children's bathroom.
"I was devastated," said Ginger Briggs, who said she made the sickening discovery while trying to use her husband's work computer to print a document in their home while he was out of town.
"I was just printing something and I happened to just go to his pictures and find it," she said.
She began looking at what she described as approximately 75 pictures and four videos that showed a local 15-year-old girl undressing and showering in a children's bathroom.
A search warrant filed by Noblesville Police in Hamilton County Superior Court identified her husband as 27-year-old Justin Briggs. Police said he is now in federal custody, and they declined to comment further because federal prosecutors are now handling the case.
NewsChannel5 sister station WRTV investigators approached Ginger Briggs after scouring through court records in the case, and she agreed to share how it unfolded.
"He would have been the last one that I would have thought would have done something like that," she said.
She told police that some of the video clips began with the camera moving around as it was being aimed at the shower stall area of the bathroom, and then her husband's face was visible looking into the camera lens as he aimed the camera.
"You just don't mess with a kid," said Ginger Briggs, who said she married the Noblesville home remodeling contractor four years ago.
She said that he asked her for a divorce in October, but then said he wanted to try to work on the marriage in December. She said she put the divorce proceedings on hold on Dec. 10, and then stumbled on the pictures just two days later.
"It's refiled. It's going to go through," she said of the re-started divorce process.
"I haven't spoken to him since I found the videos. I was angry," she said.
The U. S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Indiana declined to comment on the proceedings in the case, saying its federal prosecutors could not confirm or deny an investigation.
Police wrote in their search warrant that the 15-year-old local girl was the only known victim.
A relative of the girl said that she's been afraid to take a shower since the recordings were discovered. That relative said the teenager expressed fears about other hidden cameras being found in other parts of the children's bathroom or elsewhere in that building.
"I had to force her to take showers," said the relative.
The child is undergoing counseling with the help of federal court victim assistance caseworkers.
In their search warrant, Noblesville Police wrote that they interviewed the child and found that she had no knowledge of any camera being in that bathroom.
Their search warrant also mentions that Justin Briggs' face can clearly be seen adjusting the camera in some of the video clips.
The wife who discovered it all said, "If I didn't turn him in for this, he could have done it to somebody else."
After she took the computer and flash drive to Noblesville police, Justin Briggs began sending text messages to her, officers wrote in their search warrant.
"Please don't do this," read one of the messages transcribed in the search warrant.
"Im sorry. Im sick," read another.
"I've ruined someones life and mine. Im sorry im a monster," read another text contained in the search warrant.
However, the text messages did not elicit sympathy from the wife. She said, "All he got was anger. I didn't even reply to the text messages. I was angry, very angry."
She said that officers scoured the local children's bathroom where the recordings were made, but no camera was found. She said she had no idea what sort of camera was used to make the recordings.