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By Anne Allred

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KSDK) - A St. Charles County jury found a former cable repair man guilty late Thursday afternoon after a three-day trial.

James Helderle, 22, was convicted of first-degree burglary, forcible sodomy, felonious restraint and armed criminal action.

Investigators say in December, Helderle was an employee of C.U.I., a subcontractor for Charter Communications. He went to an O'Fallon, Mo. woman's house on a routine call and then came back the next day and committed the crimes. Prosecutors say Helderle broke in to the woman's home, tied her up, and sodomized her.

Helderle confessed on tape to investigators shortly after he was caught. Prosecutors also say his cell phone was stacked with evidence proving it was a calculated crime.

"Bondage situations, certain sexual websites that were violent in nature, from there, the searches narrowed down more to the victim's very apartment complex and the victim's employer. Finally there were searches about the victim herself," said St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar.

On Friday, the jury recommended a 75 year prison sentence on the four counts. Formal sentencing is scheduled for June 27.