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Man charged with soliciting teen on-line now accused of secretly video-recording roommate

By Staff | Jul 19, 2011

Phillip Walter Trott

A Cape Coral man recently accused of performing sexual acts via a web-camera for what he believed was a teen girl has been arrested again.

Phillip Walter Trott, 49, of S. Santa Barbara Boulevard, was charged on Friday with two counts of sex offense video voyeurism. He allegedly used a wireless web-cam to record his roommate without her knowledge on more than one occasion.

Denied bond, Trott remained in custody Tuesday at the Lee County Jail.

According to the report, he put the camera in a closet in his roommate’s bedroom and recorded her changing clothes and getting dressed. Trott also used the web-cam in his bedroom, recording his roommate as she passed through to use his bathroom.

Seven videos were apparently taken without the woman knowing.

Trott told police he intentionally used the recording device to capture the woman “for his own amusement and or gratification,” the report states.

On June 23, Trott was arrested and charged with obscene communication use a computer to seduce solicit lure child, obscene communication to minor via a computer and possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams.

The State Attorney’s Office has since additionally charged him with nine counts of obscene material possess photograph of sexual performance by child, according to court documents.

In March, Cape detectives received information from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office that an undercover officer posing online as a 14-year-old girl had made contact with a person identified as Trott, according to a report.

Trott reportedly invited the “teen” to view his web-cam, then he allegedly performed lewd acts in front of it, made sexually explicit statements and solicited pictures from the teen that showed her nude or in a bathing suit.

According to the report, Trott confirmed during the chat session that he knew the teen was 14, shared that he was “45” and said, “Age is just a #.”

Cape police initiated an investigation based off of the information and obtained a search warrant for Trott’s home. In the search, officers found marijuana cigarettes and marijuana, which Trott reportedly said were his.

According to the report, Trott also admitted that the man in the web-cam video was him, but Trott denied that he remembered the incident.

In the June arrest, he was also charged with violation of parole.

Trott was released from prison in 2008 after serving eight years for one count each of second-degree murder or dangerous act and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the Florida Department of Corrections. He was serving eight years of supervision prior to the arrest.

DOC records also indicate that Trott served time in prison from 1982-1984 after being sentenced to four years for robbery with a gun or deadly weapon.

Trott has court appearances scheduled on Monday and Aug. 2.