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Man Sentenced for Invasion of Privacy

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Springfield man who pleaded guilty to invasion of privacy, after he was accused of spying on his young next door neighbor is back in jail.

Dana Bishop was sentenced Wednesday. His attorney and the victim’s attorney agreed to the sentencing in a plea deal.

Bishop will serve 35 days in jail with time served, so he’ll have to serve 10 days. Bishop must also complete 100 hours of community service and pay the victim’s family restitution of $10,000.

Bishop was accused of using his security camera, mounted on the side of his house, to spy on his 10-year-old neighbor.

The victim’s mother, Chyrstal Stutesman, read a statement at the hearing. Bishop didn’t look at her, but at times could be seen shaking his head.

Bishop’s attorney also read a statement, basically questioning the expectation of privacy because the victim’s bedroom didn’t have any curtains.

“The punishment you are receiving for this crime doesn’t begin to touch the surface of what we endured this year, imagining you watching our daughter as she sleeps, reads books, undresses, plays with her cat and her friends,” Stutesman said.

“This has been a very difficult situation for everyone. The reason this case took so long to resolve was a disagreement as to whether the room that was videotaped was a room where someone would have a reasonable expectation of privacy,” said Hugh Duval, Dana Bishop’s attorney.

At the end of the hearing, Bishop was taken away in handcuffs to serve the remainder of his sentence.

This crime was considered a misdemeanor because it is not a felony to videotape minors in Oregon. We’ve learned there are two bills that will be presented in February’s short session that look to change this. Stutesman is working with attorneys and legislators on those bills.

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  1. Sarah says:

    This is such an injustice! Oregon’s laws have failed to protect an innocent little girl. I am disgusted that a predator like this is going to be back out on our streets in ten days. Come on and pass that legislation so that creeps like this get locked down and stay behind bars!

  2. Cathy Adler says:

    Sounds like a set up to me, what parent in any neighborhood doesn’t protect their childs privacy by putting up blinds or curtains????

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