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Warrant: Joshua Martorelli told Wendy Kasper to record young girl in bathroom, both charged with disseminating child porn

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Court documents reveal new details about a Salisbury woman accused of providing a local man with recorded images of an 11-year-old girl.

Search warrants issued Friday and filed with the Rowan County Clerk’s Office on Tuesday say that Wendy Arlene Kasper, 36, admitted to Rowan County Sheriff’s Detective C.B. Gordy that she had conversations with Joshua Douglas Martorelli via Tumblr, cellphone text messages and Facebook messages.

In those messages, Martorelli, 33, also of Salisbury, told Kasper to record the young girl in the bathroom. Kasper said she used her smartphone and only the girl’s face could be seen in the images. She sent the video to Martorelli in a message on Facebook.

When the detective asked Kasper why she did it, she told him because Martorelli told her to do it, the warrants say.

Kasper was charged with felony secret peeping with a recording device, possession of photographic images from secret peeping and three counts of crimes against nature.

Authorities accuse Kasper of having engaged in sex acts with a dog on numerous occasions and secretly videoing a child in a bathroom for the purpose of sexual gratification. She was arrested Friday and has since been released from the Rowan County jail on bond.

Martorelli turned himself in Tuesday at the Rowan County Magistrate’s Office. He was charged with four counts of felony third-degree sex exploitation of a minor and felony possession of a photographic image from peeping.

Search warrants say Martorelli admitted to having conversations that were sexual in nature with Kasper on social media sites. He also told a detective he received a video of the young girl on his cellphone. He admitted receiving images and video from another woman that were sexual in nature sent via text messages, documents say.

The case was brought to the attention of law enforcement in a referral from the Rowan County Department of Social Services. A Rowan sheriff’s detective met with the victim’s father.

Martorelli remains in the Rowan County jail under a $50,000 secured bond.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

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