A Central New York man admitted Wednesday to secretly videotaping women wearing skirts, the Albany County District Attorney’s Office said.
Patrick Kaiser, 54, of Canastota, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree unlawful surveillance as a sexually motivated felony. He faces between 2 and 4 years in prison at his Dec. 11 sentencing.
The case stemmed from a Sept. 23 incident at a Colonie grocery store, officials said. Kaiser was spotted by an off-duty police officer sticking his foot between a woman’s legs. The woman was wearing a skirt and wasn’t paying attention to Kaiser; he fled the store when confronted but was found a short time later and arrested.
A search of Kaiser’s vehicle uncovered a small pen video camera. On the camera were several videos featuring undergarments of unsuspecting women, shot when the women weren’t paying attention, officials said.
Kaiser was previously sent to prison in another surveillance scheme, according to state records and an account in the Oneida Dispatch, getting a 2- to 6-year sentence after convictions in 2007 for second-degree unlawful surveillance.
That case stemmed from Kaiser bugging his tenant’s apartment in Oneida and watching the tenant on a television in his living room, the Dispatch reported. Family members spotted the surveillance system.