Husband of plow hit-and-run victim facing unrelated charges

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WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kent County prosecutor has authorized felony charges against the husband of a woman who was hit and killed by a plow truck in Wyoming.

Authorities say the warrant against Ben Crawford involves a separate case they began working before his wife, Chelsea was killed at 52nd Street near Byron Center Avenue on Jan. 10.

According to probable cause documents filed in court, Ben Crawford is accused of installing a “towel hook” camera on a bathroom wall, which captured the image of a tenant’s naked breasts. Authorities say Crawford saved the video image on his computer using a password protected encrypted file. A forensics team recovered the image from his computer.

The probable cause filing states Crawford admitted to installing the camera without the tenant’s knowledge with intent of recording her having sex in the bathroom. Crawford also admitted to downloading the footage from the camera to his computer, according to the court documents.

Crawford is expected to be formally charged Monday with one count of capturing an image of an unclothed person and one count of using a computer to commit a crime.

A conviction of the first count comes with a maximum penalty of five years. The second charge carries a maximum sentence of 7 years, if Crawford is convicted.

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