NY court upholds conviction for video of neighbor

Created: 02/13/2014 10:09 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

New York's highest court is upholding the criminal conviction of a suburban Rochester man for videotaping his neighbor when she opened her bathroom door after a shower even though he did it through her front window.

The Court of Appeals says the 2003 state law against so-called video voyeurism, called "Stephanie's Law" for a woman recorded by her landlord with a hidden camera, applies to what David  Schreier did.

The seven judges unanimously reject Schreier's argument that standing on the front step of his neighbor's townhouse in the town of Gates and filming through the window in her front door wasn't "surreptitious" as the law specifies.

The court also says someone's own bathroom is a place they should expect privacy.

Schreier, convicted at trial, was sentenced to five years' probation.

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