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Ex-janitor gets 15 years for school locker room camera

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A former custodian at a northern Indiana high school was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison for placing a camera in a boys’ locker room shower.

Robert Troup, 54, of Mishawaka, pleaded guilty in November to enticing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct to produce pornography, a federal offense. The camera recorded 43 boys, according to police. There is no evidence the images were distributed.

A prosecutor said the government settled for a sentence slightly below the minimum recommendation because it wanted to spare victims the pain of testifying if the case went to trial.

Troup admitted putting the camera in the shower at Penn High School sometime around December 2010, The South Bend Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/Yd5ySY).

Two students found the camera weeks later at the South Bend school and put it in a drawer after they couldn’t access the recordings. They told a swim coach about the camera in November 2011 after a discussion about Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at Penn State who was convicted of child sexual abuse.

Troup worked at the school district for more than 20 years. He was fired in December 2011 after criminal charges were filed.

“I’m sorry for what I did,” Troup said in court. “I made a mistake. I let my community down.”

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