Scotia shop owner admits bathroom surveillance of teens

Police: Recordings happened in apartment above business

Categories: News, Schenectady County

SCOTIA — The operator of a Scotia business who was charged last year with secretly recording teenage visitors in the bathroom of his store pleaded guilty Thursday, Schenectady County district attorney’s officials said.

In return for his plea, Eric Bremser, 63, is to be sentenced in July to a total of 4 to 12 years in state prison. He will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release.

Bremser, who operated Village Vacuum at 106 Mohawk Ave., pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree unlawful surveillance and one count of possession of a sexual performance by a child, both felonies.

[Police: Scotia business owner secretly recorded teenage visitors]

He admitted to secretly recording the teens and possessing additional child pornography at his residence, prosecutors said.

Bremser was arrested in July by police in Scotia. The incidents happened in an apartment he rented above his store, where Bremser provided the teens with marijuana and alcohol, police said at the time. Bremser also had a video camera installed in the bathroom of his business, police said.

No sexual contact between Bremser and any youths was alleged.

Glenville police assisted Scotia police in the investigation. Assistant District Attorney Michael Nobles prosecuted the case, and Bremser was represented by attorney Daniel Smalls

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