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Schenectady man gets prison term for secret bathroom video recording

Schenectady man gets prison term for secret bathroom video recording

A Schenectady man who admitted in December to secretly recording women in the bathroom of his reside

A Schenectady man who admitted in December to secretly recording women in the bathroom of his residence was sentenced Friday to up to three years in state prison.

Keifer Wray, 24, expressed what he said was deep remorse for what he’d done, telling a judge the shame of his actions will follow him for the rest of his days.

He spoke after the prosecutor read aloud a letter from one of Wray’s victims. She wrote that the revelation that she had been secretly recorded left her both embarrassed and angry.

“It was primarily an emotional battle for me knowing the things that were seen,” the woman wrote. “It’s still embarrassing, but the anger has died down.”

Wray, of Michigan Avenue, was sentenced to one to three years in state prison. The sentence was agreed upon as part of his December guilty plea to felony unlawful surveillance for sexual gratification.

When he is released, Wray will have to register as a sex offender.

Visiting Schenectady County Court Judge Richard Giardino imposed the agreed-upon sentence, calling Wray’s actions disgusting. The judge told Wray that they were not only criminal but morally wrong.

Wray admitted to recording the women with what he described as a “nanny cam,” a camera hidden in a clock.

Prosecutor Jessica Lorusso has 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.

The victim wrote in her letter that she thought a year in custody was more appropriate. Any longer, she thought, was excessive. She also didn’t want an order of protection, but one was issued on her behalf.

In his own statement to the court, Wray said he now knows the pain he caused the victims. He wishes he could go back and change what happened.

“I know that in reality this is impossible,” Wray said. “I also know that nothing I do now can erase the embarrassment and discomfort I brought on these women.”

He said he knows he betrayed them. And he apologized.

“All I can do is pay for my wrongdoing by serving my sentence, reflecting on my actions and hope that along this journey [I] come out a better person,” Wray said.

Wray was represented by attorney Lara Barnett.

Authorities have been making efforts to have the videos removed from the website, but the host site is outside the United States, making the task nearly impossible.

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