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Man sentenced for hiding cameras in women's toilet

A Lacombe cabinet maker who hid a camera to watch female employees use the toilet has been sentenced to one year of probation and 100 hours of community service.

John Lyle Harrison, 58, pleaded guilty in Red Deer provincial court on Monday to a charge of voyeurism. The charge was laid on July 3 after a woman employed in his business found a pen camera hidden in an item of clothing and aimed at the toilet.

Reciting an agreed statement of facts, Crown prosecutor Wayne Silliker said the woman downloaded contents of the pen onto her home computer and found pictures of herself using the toilet.

Silliker said the employer placed the pen camera in the stall because he was concerned about “unspecified, suspicious activities” going on there.

However, the Criminal Code of Canada does not allow motivation in its section on voyeurism, said defence counsel Kevin Sproule, who negotiated a sentencing agreement with the Crown.

In addition to the year of probation and community service, Harrison was ordered to pay a victim of crime surcharge of $60.

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