TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A Tippecanoe County man will serve one week behind bars after secretly recording a family member in the bathroom.
Jason King, 44, told the court Tuesday he put a camera in the woman's bathroom for her own protection. He said he did it because he didn't trust the new guy she was dating.
King said he never viewed the footage of the bathroom because he knew the woman was safe. However, he said if she ever went missing, he planned to give that footage to police.
Tippecanoe Circuit Judge Sean Persin didn't understand why King would put a camera in the bathroom for that reason.
"It just doesn't look right to me," said Persin. "Why the bathroom? Why not any other half of the house?"
Tippecanoe County Deputy Prosecutor Alexander Burns argued King was in a position of trust. He said the state believes this camera was absolutely not set up for security reasons.
The victim testified in favor of King and asked the judge to avoid putting him in jail. She admitted King's actions were bizzarre.
"It's strange," said the victim. "But after I look back at it and see what was going on, it doesn't seem so strange."
She said she didn't believe King had any sexual feelings for her.
Burns said he has a hard time believing King did not view the footage. Judge Persin had a difficult time believing it too.
That's why Persin ordered King to a recovery program and a polygraph test. Depending on the results, Persin told King he may lower the level of his crime.
"I think the victim has a right to know," said Persin.
The Judge agreed with the state, noting King's position of trust as an aggravating factor. However, mitigating factors included the victim's testimony and King's clean criminal record.
Judge Persin sentenced King to one year with 14 days in jail, and the rest on probation. He ordered him to a recovery program with a polygraph test.