EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 21, 2012

Man indicted for hiding under trailer

By Doug Ireland
direland@eagletribune.com

---- — BRENTWOOD — A Massachusetts man faces trial on charges he hid under a Salem, N.H., woman’s trailer and secretly videotaped her and her young son.

Christian Hobbs, 44, of 184 Main St. of East Orleans was recently indicted by a Rockingham Superior Court grand jury on 10 charges, including burglary, criminal mischief and attempted violation of privacy.

Hobbs was arrested by Salem police in August after the woman reported hearing a noise and seeing someone move through a bathroom vent in her Friendship Drive mobile home. She thought it was an animal, but then realized a man was staring at her.

Hobbs was no stranger to the woman, Tina Iacono, who had bought the home from him five years earlier. Hobbs later admitted to police he had been under the home for two days, listening to Iacono and her toddler son through baby monitors and videotaping them through openings he made in the floor.

Hobbs was indicted on numerous counts, including two burglary counts and two criminal trespass counts, two attempted violation of privacy counts and two violation of privacy counts.

After investigating, police concluded Hobbs had hooked up two baby monitors in the trailer while doing working for Iacono. Hobbs later returned to the home uninvited and cut holes in the floor and in the floor vent under the bathroom, Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said.

Hobbs was arrested on a charge of manufacturing child pornography for videotaping the nude boy, but not indicted on that charge. Hobbs told police he masturbated while under the trailer.

No trial date has been scheduled in the case. Hobbs has been incarcerated at the county jail since his arrest.