Man accused of violating teen’s privacy pleads not guilty

Published 9:00 pm Sunday, November 12, 2017

An Albert Lea man who allegedly took inappropriate photos of a teenage girl he knew pleaded not guilty Thursday in Freeborn County District Court.

Brian Floyd Frandle, 43, is charged with interfering with privacy of a minor.

Court documents state Frandle was charged after a teenage girl on March 17 told law enforcement she was naked and getting ready for a shower in the bathroom of her mother’s residence when she noticed a cellphone she said belonged to Frandle on a selfie stick in an open laundry chute door.

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A Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent reportedly conducted a search of the phone the night of March 17, and court documents state there were nearly 300 photographs of images described as random of the ground within three hours that day.

The investigation reportedly recovered several searched words related to deleting and editing photos and editing videos.

The search also recovered 69 installed applications, with 44 of those installed March 17, court documents state, including applications for photographic deletion and editing, video deletion and editing and phone cleanup.

In an interview with a Department of Human Services worker, Frandle reportedly told her he was watching television at the time of the incident, heard the “ruckus” going on and stayed out of it.

A settlement conference is scheduled Dec. 21, and a jury trial is scheduled to begin March 13, if the case has not been settled by then.

District Court Judge Ross Leuning released Frandle on his own recognizance.

A mugshot of Frandle was not available as of  press time.

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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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