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Pa. restroom peeper sentenced

Gahagan to serve a year of probation

Gahagan to serve a year of probation

February 14, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A Chambersburg man charged with using a camera disguised as a clock to take pictures in the restroom of the office in which he worked pleaded guilty recently in Franklin County Court and was sentenced to a year on probation.

Andrew E. Gahagan, 33, entered the plea Feb. 6 before Judge Douglas Herman, attorney Eric Weisbrod said. In exchange for the plea, two other counts of invasion of privacy were dismissed, according to court records.

Gahagan came to the attention of police last summer when an employee at the Chambersburg-area business removed a clock from the back of the toilet in the restroom. The woman told police Gahagan wanted to know what happened to the clock and placed it back in the bathroom.

The woman later saw an episode of ABC's "Primetime" in which a woman used a digital camera disguised as a clock to catch someone entering her home, according to the affidavit of probable cause. 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. She took a digital card from the device to a camera store and 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 on Aug. 31, the affidavit stated. Police said the card contained eight files showing three people using the toilet.

Police then searched Gahagan's computer and found 61 files showing images of one man who worked at the office using the toilet. The charges were filed against Gahagan in October.

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