By Tony Hanson
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A 58-year-old Langhorne, Pa. man has been ordered to pay a high price for shocking crimes against his own daughter and her friends.
The defendant, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of his victims, was sentenced today in federal court to fifteen years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of $300,000 within a week.
The defendant, an Ivy League-educated professional, set up a secret, motion-activated camera focused on his daughter’s bathroom. He admitted that it operated for a couple of years, starting when she was 14 years old.
Calling the crimes “extremely heinous and vile,” prosecutor Michelle Rotella says the man also targeted his daughter’s girlfriends.
“There were thousands of photographs that were taken of her friends in bathing suits, when they came over to take prom pictures, as they just hung out at her house,” he tells KYW Newsradio.
Rotella says the perpetrator cropped the photos to remove faces, then posted these perverted images on the Internet.
Before sentencing by Judge Michael Baylson, the defendant’s wife of 30 years and their adult son testified, asking for leniency. Even the daughter sent a letter to the court saying she had forgiven him.