Civilian worker charged with computer crimes, voyeurism

A former U.S. Naval employee in Maryland is facing charges of video voyeurism in connection with a camera he allegedly placed in a women’s restroom. Officials say that the 55-year-old man is facing two misdemeanor counts of using electronic equipment in a clandestine manner. He is also facing felony counts for computer crimes including recording and transmitting obscenities, according to news reports.

Authorities report that the man was placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation, which examined his culpability for the camera use during July and August 2013. The man is accused of using a camera in his workplace to capture images of three women as they used the bathroom. The man had been assigned to the building as a supervisor at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, according to officials.

The man is also accused of Internet crime related to the download of child pornography, according to state allegations. In addition, he allegedly set up a surveillance system in a local residence to capture other private images. Those state felony charges could yield a 10-year prison charge and a $20,000 fine, according to news reports.

So far, the man has pleaded not guilty to the state charges, and he is expected in court in late December to continue the hearing in that matter. Federal charges are likely to be officially imposed on Jan. 15 at a scheduled court date. The man must mount a criminal defense against the misdemeanor federal charges, which would likely yield less than a year’s prison time and a fine up to $1,000.

We often think of federal charges as posing the more severe threats in criminal defense cases, but that is not always the situation. In this case, the state felony charges carry much more serious potential punishment than the federal allegations. Defendants facing both state and federal accusations for computer crimes may benefit from the assistance of a qualified criminal defense attorney, who can help them learn more about their legal rights in both courtrooms.

Source:  mcalesternews.com, “Former civilian Naval supervisor at McAAP faces video voyeurism charge” James Beaty, Dec. 12, 2013