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Trial set for former fire captain on nude-filming charges

A 37-year-old Prospect man who served as captain of the Prospect Volunteer Fire Department is set to stand trial July 6 in Prince Edward Circuit Court on allegations that he spied on and filmed an underage relative.

According to court records, James M. Boettcher was indicted in April on two felony counts of film non-consented nude and a misdemeanor charge of peeping into a dwelling through a peephole.

According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Megan Clark, the allegations involve a young family member.

Prospect Volunteer Fire Department Chief Al Mason said Boettcher has taken a “leave of absence” from the department.

Mason wouldn’t comment further.

Clark said the suspect “has two felony charges pending: one count of unlawfully creating an image of a nonconsenting person under the age of 18 who was in a state of undress … and one count of attempting to do such acts. The defendant also has one misdemeanor charge pending alleging he was peeping or spying into a dwelling or enclosure. …”

Virginia State Police agents out of Richmond conducted the investigation, Clark said.