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2/28/2013 2:10:00 PM
Man pleads guilty in locker-room recording
Daniel J. Bonnell, the man accused of videotaping students in a locker room at Robinson High School Oct. 1, pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Bonnell was a custodian at the school when the recording occurred. Authorities had said the video showed students from RHS and Red Hill High School.

"(Students) were changing but no genitalia or breasts were visible," defense attorney Jay Holtzhouser said in court.

The investigation began when another RHS employee found the recording equipment in a custodian's closet Oct. 11.

Bonnell resigned Oct. 31.

He pleaded guilty to unauthorized video recording, a Class 4 felony. After the sentencing, he said he would not comment on the case.

Bonnell is sentenced to 24 months of probation and 180 days of jail time, the maximum amount of jail allowed. He will serve 60 days of that sentence, with no credit for good time. The remaining 120 will be reserved in case of a probation violation.

Unauthorized videotaping is not an offense that requires registration as a sex offender.

After the trial Holtzhouser said he generally does not comment on cases.

Special Prosecutor David Rance could not be reached for comment by presstime.

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