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TABC agent arrested for videoing stepdaughter

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More details have been released about the arrest of a former Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agent and the relative that came forward to turn him in.

Martin Hermann was arrested in November for improper photography.

According to his arrest warrant affidavit, his 24-year-old stepdaughter who lived with him in his north Fort Worth home got suspicious.

She "found what she thought was an ink pen inside her bathroom on the back of the toilet in a crossword puzzle magazine." She apparently gave the pen back to Hermann, telling him she didn't want it in the bathroom where her child could play with it.

Detectives allege that on several occasions she again found the pen back in the bathroom and in one instance "inside her shower hanging in a toy bag much higher than the victim's child could reach."

The stepdaughter told detectives that in August she "found the suspect installing what she thought was a motion detector in her bedroom." When she asked what it was, the affidavit said "he told her it was a security system device."

It wasn't until November that she acted on her suspicions.

The court documents said she "plugged the pen cameras into the home computer and found that one of the pens contained video recordings."

Detectives said the security device in her room was really a wireless video camera.

Fort Worth Police Department's forensic lab allegedly found multiple images of the stepdaughter "in various stages of undress, bathing and various other private activities" on electronic devices confiscated from the home, including a laptop computer, two desktop computers, two tablets, a pen camera, a video camera and a still photo camera.

According to the affidavit, so far there is no evidence that anything was posted online.

Hermann was fired from the TABC in late November when he failed to comply with the agency's own internal investigation of the allegations against him.

FOX 4 tried to contact him at his home for a response. Although someone was inside the home, no one answered the door.

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