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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, February 13, 2014 6:14 am

NY court upholds conviction for video of neighbor

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's highest court is upholding the conviction of a suburban Rochester man for videotaping his neighbor after a shower through an exterior window.

The Court of Appeals says the 2003 state law against so-called video voyeurism applies to what David Schreier did.

Schreier stood on the front step of his neighbor's townhouse in the town of Gates and filmed her through the window in her front door when she opened her bathroom door.

The seven judges unanimously reject Schreier's argument that doing so wasn't "surreptitious" as the law specifies. The court also says someone's own bathroom is a place they should expect privacy.

Schreier was convicted at trial and sentenced to five years on probation.

New York's video voyeurism law is called "Stephanie's Law" for a woman recorded by her landlord with a hidden camera.