Keifer Wray, accused in August of secretly video recording at least three women using his home bathroom and then posting the recordings online, pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree unlawful surveillance.
Wray, 24, of Michigan Avenue, is scheduled to be sentenced in February to one to three years in prison and be required to register as a sex offender in exchange for his plea. He remains free on bail.
He admitted in court to secretly recording the women with what he described as a “nanny cam,” a camera hidden in a clock.
Prosecutor Jessica Lorusso said a prison sentence was warranted for the harm Wray did to the women by recording them and then uploading those recordings to an offshore website.
“Basically their privacy and trust has been destroyed,” Lorusso said. “They have to basically deal with the fact that their intimate areas are now placed on the Internet, not just for this individual but also for however many people might see it on the Internet.”
He was accused of recording the women sometime between Jan. 1 and Aug. 11.
The case began to unfold in August when one of the women spotted a flashing red light in the clock. It wasn’t immediately apparent what the clock was, Lorusso said, but sometime later, as the victim used Wray’s laptop with his consent, she saw an email about an uploaded video. She then went to the site and found the video.
At that point, Wray admitted the clock contained a camera, Lorusso has said. Then police got involved.
Authorities have been making efforts to have the videos removed from the website, but the host site is outside the United States, making such efforts nearly impossible, Lorusso said.
Wray’s attorney, Lara Barnett, said her client took the plea deal to get the case behind him.
“He took responsibility for everything he’s done,” Barnett said. “He was offered that disposition and just figured it’d be best to get it done today and move on with his life.”
The plea was taken by acting Schenectady County Court Judge Richard Giardino.
The case was the first of three unrelated unlawful surveillance cases in Schenectady this year.
The second case ended last month with a plea deal for six months in jail and sex offender registration. Clarence L. Sutton, 29, formerly of Stanley Street, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree unlawful surveillance.
Sutton was arrested in September and accused of using a cellphone to try to record a child getting ready to take a shower Sept. 16 at a location in Schenectady, authorities said.
Also last month, Ellis Hospital nurse Paul J. Bourdeau was arrested, accused of using a camera hidden in a flash drive to record co-workers in an employee bathroom at the hospital. That recording was discovered after an employee spotted the device and alerted hospital officials.
Bourdeau, 45, of Union Street, is accused of using the device between Oct. 12 and Nov. 13, with at least two employees as victims. His case remains pending.