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Man sentenced in videotaping case

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Catherine W. Idzerda
May 31, 2008
— A California man charged with videotaping naked women without their consent will serve 30 days in jail and pay court costs and restitution.

Christopher E. Townsend, 29, of Clovis, Calif., was charged in July 2005 with capturing an image of nudity, a felony, and four misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy.


Townsend was accused of videotaping women near the UW-Whitewater campus while in his apartment or the victims’ apartments. The taping took place between 2001 and 2003.


On Friday, Townsend pleaded guilty to the felony count, and the other charges were dismissed, Walworth County District Attorney Diane Donohoo said.


Townsend will pay $1,850 in restitution to the victim who requested it.


In January, the District 2 Court of Appeals dismissed of three of the original felony charges of capturing nudity.



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