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11/21/2012 7:30:00 AM
January pretrial set in hidden camera case

Kyle Rogers
Reporter/Photographer


The case against a Pelican Lake man charged with one felony count of capturing an image of nudity without consent is scheduled to continue in January.

Stephen G. Clarke, 43, made an appearance in Oneida County Circuit Court Monday afternoon where he pleaded not guilty to the charge. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Jan. 15.

Clarke was charged in September after a hidden camera was found in his bathroom. According to the criminal complaint, the camera was hidden in a device that looked like a smoke alarm. A woman discovered the camera and came to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office Sept. 19 to file a report about it.

Clarke told law enforcement he installed the camera about four years ago and the woman was unaware of it. He said he suspected the woman had cheated on him several times and he installed the camera in an attempt to "catch her."

During a preliminary hearing in October, Det. Sgt. Terri Smoczyk testified that a forensic analysis was being completed on two computers seized from Clarke. According to the complaint, Clarke said images from the camera had been transmitted to a program on his computer but he no longer has the program. He told law enforcement that there had been other hidden cameras in the home, but he had removed them all. He didn't have a response as to why he didn't remove the camera from the bathroom.

He also said the camera in the bathroom no longer has a working battery.

When Smoczyk testified last month, she said that the forensic analysis of the computers was ongoing but that nude images had been found. She said the camera was positioned above the bathtub and there are nude photos from that perspective.

Clarke is currently free on a signature bond of $7,500. Capturing an image of nudity is a Class I felony that carries a maximum sentence of 3 1/2 years in prison.

Kyle Rogers may be reached at kyle@rivernewsonline.com.



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