Man sentenced for unlawful surveillance of a child

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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— The Schenectady man who tried to secretly record footage of a child getting ready to take a shower was sentenced this morning to an agreed upon six months in jail.

Clarence L. Sutton, 29, formerly of Stanley Street, pleaded guilty in November to one count of second-degree unlawful surveillance. He agreed to a total sentence of six months in jail and five years probation.

Along with the plea came registration as a sex offender. Sutton was classified this morning as a Level 1 sex offender, the lowest risk to reoffend.

Sutton was arrested in September and accused of using a cellphone to try to record the child getting ready to take a shower Sept. 16 at a location in Schenectady, authorities have said.

Prosecutor Jessica Lorusso has said that Sutton essentially set the phone to record and the child spotted it and alerted her father, who alerted police. The charges were based on statements of the victim and suspect, as well as video evidence, papers have indicated.

Also included in the sentence was an order of protection, barring any contact between Sutton and the victim.

Lorusso and defense attorney William Nowak did not make statements in court.

Sutton only told Judge Polly Hoye "I just want to get this over with."

Sutton's original sentencing date was Friday and Sutton had been allowed to remain free pending sentencing. Sutton, however, turned himself in to begin his sentence on his original sentencing date.

Hoye also did not make a statement as she pronounced sentence.

The case was one of three last fall in Schenectady involving accusations of unlawful surveillance. One of the others is also awaiting sentencing, while the remaining is still pending.

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