Clive-area farmer guilty of break-ins, seeks treatment

A Clive-area farmer has pleaded guilty to breaking into nearby homes and performing sexual acts with women’s underwear.

A Clive-area farmer has pleaded guilty to breaking into nearby homes and performing sexual acts with women’s underwear.

Emyr Morris, 30, admitted in Red Deer provincial court on Friday to a series of break-ins dating back to Nov. 4, 2012.

Police had been called to investigate by a woman who reported that, on a number of occasions, she had found signs of an intruder in her house, including soiled bras and panties that did not belong to her.

The woman and her husband set up video surveillance in their house, submitting the recordings to police investigators, Crown prosecutor Tony Bell said while outlining the facts for Judge Bill Andreasson.

Morris was arrested and charged with several offences, including housebreaking, criminal harassment and performing an indecent act.

Two more sets of charges were laid when other residents of the area contacted police with similar stories after learning about the break-ins.

One woman reported coming home to find someone else’s semen-soiled bra in her kitchen.

At the request of the Crown, Andreasson placed a publication ban on information that would identify the victims.

Released earlier from custody and represented by Edmonton lawyer Shawn Beaver, Morris pleaded guilty to reduced charges including break and enter at three houses in the rural area near Clive.

Beaver told the court that his client was recently diagnosed with a mental disorder and is being treated as an outpatient.

He asked that sentencing be adjourned to allow time to prepare a pre-sentence report as to allow Morris time to help with the fall harvest.

Morris is to return to court on Oct. 11 for sentencing.