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Chambersburg man faces four counts of invasion of privacy

Video taping device found by woman after she viewed 'Primetime' episode

Video taping device found by woman after she viewed 'Primetime' episode

December 05, 2007|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man has been charged with setting up a surveillance camera in the bathroom of a business, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Andrew Edward Gahagan, 33, of 515 Montgomery Ave., is charged with four second-degree misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy. He waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court, according to the District Attorney's Office.

The affidavit of probable cause stated that a woman employed in the same office as Gahagan noticed a silver alarm clock on the back of a toilet and moved it to another room. Gahagan later asked who took the clock, and when the woman explained she had moved it, he put it back in the bathroom, police said.

The woman later watched an episode of ABC's "Primetime" in which a woman set up a surveillance camera disguised as a clock to catch someone she believed was entering her apartment, police said. The woman "immediately recognized the clock as being the same clock that is on the back of the toilet at her place of work," the affidavit stated.

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Police said the woman went back to work and found the camera hidden within. However, the digital card slot was empty. She checked the clock daily until she found a card in the slot. She then took the digital card and the clock from the bathroom and took the card to a camera store. She was told there were eight video files on the card, but the store did not have the software needed to view the files.

The woman was able to get information about the product over the Internet and "brought everything" to the state police Aug. 31, the affidavit stated. Police said the card contained eight files showing three people using the toilet.

Police said they searched Gahagan's computer and found 61 files allegedly showing images of one man using the toilet. The charges were filed against Gahagan in October.

Gahagan's mandatory arraignment will be in January. A second-degree misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of up to two years in prison.

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