SYCAMORE – A DeKalb man accused of videotaping a teenage family member in the bathroom was ordered to be released on his signature Wednesday afternoon.
Bryan M. Peppers, 43, of the 100 block of East Alden Place, is charged with production of child pornography, a charge typically punishable by six to 30 years in prison. It is not eligible for probation.
Court records state Peppers recorded a girl younger than 18 while she was “unclothed” in the bathroom of an apartment. DeKalb police Cmdr. Bob Redel said she is a teenage family member.
The records show that Peppers makes nearly $100,000 a year working for Comcast. Because of Peppers’ income, Judge Philip Montgomery denied his request for a public defender.
Weighing the fact that Peppers has worked for Comcast for 23 years, and that he is charged with a nonviolent offense, Montgomery ordered that Peppers be released on his signature once he’s fitted with an electronic home monitoring bracelet.
“I do believe there are sufficient safeguards we can implement to safely guard the citizens of DeKalb County from any further situations that might arise,” Montgomery said.
Montgomery ruled that Peppers have no unsupervised contact with minors, and that he have no contact, period, with the alleged victim.
Peppers is due back in court at 9 a.m. April 6.