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Posted on: February 19, 2020

District Attorney Hoovler Announces State Prison Sentence In Unlawful Surveillance Case

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District Attorney Hoovler Announces State Prison Sentence 

In Unlawful Surveillance Case

Electrician who Placed Hidden Camera in Victim’s Bathroom

Sentenced to State Prison

 

Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 Joseph Krenicky, 48, of Glenwood, New Jersey, was sentence by Orange County Court Judge Craig Stephen Brown to one to three years in state prison in connection with having installed a hidden camera in the bathroom of a woman who had hired Krenicky to perform electrical work. On August 29, 2019, Krenicky has pleaded guilty to Unlawful Surveillance in the Second Degree.

At the time he pleaded guilty, Krenicky admitted that he had installed a hidden camera in the bathroom of the Town of Chester home. Krenicky, who has been sentenced to three years in state prison for having committed a similar offense in New Jersey, admitted to keeping video files of the Orange County home-owner as she stepped into and out of the shower, and using those video files for his own sexual gratification.  The New York sentence was ordered to run concurrently with the prison sentence in New Jersey. Additionally, Krenicky was ordered to register as a sex offender.

The case in Orange County began after the New Jersey State Police executed a search warrant at Krenicky’s home in Glenwood, New Jersey.  Video files of those Krenicky had surreptitiously recorded were recovered from his computer.  The Town of Chester Police Department was instrumental in identifying the Orange County victim. District Attorney Hoovler thanked the Town of Chester Police Department for their investigation and the arrest of Krenicky.

“State prison sentences are the best deterrent to those who might be tempted to use technology to invade the privacy of others”, said District Attorney David Hoovler.  “Homeowners must necessarily allow contractors and others into their home to perform work.  Those who abuse their ability to access homes to use technology to invade the privacy of unsuspecting victims deserve incarceration. I commend the collaborative efforts of the New Jersey State Police and the Town of Chester Police in investigating this case and for the arrest of this defendant.”

District Attorney Hoovler commended Assistant District Attorney Alexis Gregory who prosecuted the case.

This criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Posted on: February 19, 2020