SOUTHINGTON - A Naugatuck man has pleaded guilty to planting a camera in a gym bag in the Southington YMCA’s locker room to record men as they were getting out of the shower.
Leonidas Fernando Torres-Cabrera, 30, accepted a plea bargain on Friday, in Bristol Superior Court, after prosecutors agreed to drop the felony charge against him.
Torres-Cabrera pleaded guilty to a substituted charge of second-degree stalking. In exchange, charges of disorderly conduct and voyeurism - a felony - were dropped. He was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended, and two years of probation.
During probation, Torres-Cabrera has been ordered to seek sex offender and mental health treatment, if his supervising officer believes it is necessary, and to stay out of all YMCA facilities.
Torres-Cabrera was arrested Feb. 5 after police were called to the local YMCA. Officers were called upon the discovery of a camera that was found in the area where men dry off in the locker room of the facility, at 29 High St. Police said the camera was recording when it was found.
According to police, Torres-Cabrera was seen several times near the gym bag before the camera was found inside it. He admitted to police that he had set up the camera.
Two victims, who had been captured on video by the camera, told court officials that they were OK with the plea deal Torres-Cabrera had been offered. One of the victims said he is grateful the video did not surface on any kind of social media platform, and that he wants Torres-Cabrera to get help.
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