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Pa. man charged with photographing coworkers waives hearing

January 17, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man charged with surreptitiously photographing at least one co-worker in the restroom of the business where they worked has waived his mandatory arraignment in Franklin County Court and was listed for the March trial term.

Andrew Edward Gahagan, 33, formerly of Chambersburg, is charged with four misdemeanor counts of second-degree invasion of privacy. His attorney, Eric J. Weisbrod, said his client, who has since moved out of the area, waived his Wednesday arraignment by mail.

The affidavit of probable cause stated that a woman employed at the office where Gahagan formerly worked, noticed a silver alarm clock on the back of the toilet in the rest room and moved it to another part of the office. Gahagan later asked what happened to the clock and put it back in the restroom.

The woman was later watching an episode of ABC's "Primetime" in which a woman set up a digital camera disguised as a clock to catch someone she thought was entering her apartment, Pennsylvania State Police said.

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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.

The camera storage card had images of three people using the toilet, police said. A search of Gahagan's computer turned up 61 files showing images of one man using the toilet, police said.

Gahagan was charged in October and faces up to two years in prison on each charge, if convicted, according to state law.

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