Metro Detroit homeowner speaks on catching inspector on camera touching himself with Elmo doll

OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Me. – A Clarkston man faces charges after a homeowner said she caught him on camera while police inappropriately touched an Elmo doll, according to police.

The incident took place on March 12th at the house in Oxford Township. The family had their home inspected by Kevin Wayne VanLuven prior to the sale, police said.

It was captured when VanLuven walks into a 2 year old boy’s room and picks up the doll.

He later told police he moved it to inspect an outlet. However, when he was informed that there was a kindergarten camera, police said he had confessed and apologized for what had happened.

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“Nobody in their right mind does such things,” said homeowner Jaida Dodson

Dodson had been alerted by a motion sensor and was watching him live on her cell phone.

“I just got empty. My husband stared at me from across the room and was like what was going on. He asked me repeatedly and I couldn’t even articulate what I was seeing, ”Dodson said.

The couple called the police and ran home where Oakland County’s MPs faced VanLuven. The investigation ended with his arrest and charge on Wednesday.

“You don’t think anything can surprise you, and yet some people’s disgusting ability to surprise me in that regard manages to do it,” said Sheriff Mike Bouchard.

The Dodsons are relieved that the incident is behind them, but they couldn’t help but wonder, “What if?”

“What if he had a sexually transmitted disease and our son played with it or something? What if we didn’t know? We also have a toddler and a newborn, ”said Dodson. “There’s nothing worse than when someone comes to your house and you trust them to be doing a job and they’ll do whatever it takes to do something like that in your child’s bedroom.”

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