Smithfield man sentenced to jail for voyeurism

LOGAN — A 39-year-old Smithfield man cried and apologized while a judge sentenced him to jail for videotaping a teenager girl while she was in the shower.

Jason D. Denton and his defense attorney Shannon Demler were in 1st District Court Tuesday morning.

Denton said he was very sorry for what he had put his family through and that he was going to do everything he could to make things right.

Prosecutors charged Denton with one count of voyeurism, a class A misdemeanor, after he placed a video camera inside a bathroom heat vent in May. He was caught by the 14-year-old victim as she went into the bathroom to shower.

Demler said his client made a terrible choice and understands it. He also noted, how the defendant had turned himself into authorities after being caught by the victim.

State attorney Barbara Lachmar told the court the crime was meticulously premeditated, noting how police found several test videos Denton had made, while trying to set up the camera. She said it was fortunate the victim discovered the camera when she did, or it could have been much worse.

Judge Brian Cannell said it was bad enough. He ordered Denton to serve 14-days in jail, and pay a $1000 fine. He also ordered him to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation and said he hoped he would change his life.

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