A teenager accused of secretly recording activity in the girls locker room at Gering High School has been placed on probation until he is an adult with no access to social media and electronic devices with portable cameras.
Scotts Bluff County Court judge Kris Mickey handed down the disposition in juvenile court Tuesday for the teenager, who will turn 17 in December and is now attending Alliance High School.
The teen had entered a guilty plea in June to a misdemeanor count of unlawful intrusion and three counts of felony unlawful intrusion by photograph, charges that encompass all four victims in the case but were a reduction from the 40 original counts filed by the state.
Judge Mickey ordered individual and family therapy, random drug testing, GPS tracking if necessary, and the writing of a letter of apology to the students of Gering High school and their parents.
The teen told the the victims and their parents in the courtroom he was sorry for what he did, regretted his “stupid mistake” every day, and wished he could make them feel better. He added “if there is anything I could do for them I would”.
Judge Mickey told the youth the repeated intrusions were “deliberate and a disregard for humanity” but also emphasized note in the pre-sentence report that indicated the teen’s grades were going up and he appeared to be a good candidate for rehabilitation.