A Statesboro man accused of taking candid videos and photos of women through their windows pled guilty to more than 70 felony charges of Peeping Tom and privacy invasion.
Bulloch County Superior Court Judge F. Gates Peed sentenced Justin McConaha, 28, of Chandler Road, to 40 years in prison, 15 to serve, followed by 25 years probation, said Ogeechee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Joseph Cushner, who recommended the sentence.
"Special conditions of his sentence include being supervised under the sex offender guidelines and that he have no contact with any of the victims in this case," he said.
McConaha was charged with 70 counts of Peeping Tom after Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team investigators discovered an assortment of revealing photographs and videos of women he apparently took without permission.
Members of the CST spotted McConaha during the Thanksgiving holidays, walking from behind an apartment complex near Georgia Southern University. Suspecting he might have been involved in area burglaries, deputies stopped him for questioning and discovered he had marijuana on his person, according to Bulloch County sheriff's Chief Deputy Jared Akins at the time of McConaha's arrest.
"Investigator Sneed Collins discovered video recordings of women being filmed through the blinds in their bedrooms on a camera in the possession of McConaha," Cushner said.
Collins later secured a search warrant for the suspect's home and found a computer that had dozens of video files of people being surreptitiously recorded through bedroom windows, he said.
McConaha was originally arrested on charges of possession of marijuana, giving a false name, and loitering or prowling, he said. "Thanks to a thorough investigation by the Crime Suppression Team, 16 victims were positively identified."
These crimes took place over a several month period in the fall of 2014, he said.
"It is particularly disturbing that he returned to the same victim's homes multiple times to film them. This predatory and stalking behavior was taken into consideration by the state when recommending a sentence."
Each of the felony charges that McConaha was facing carried a maximum sentence of five years in prison. He was sentenced to consecutive time on many of the counts to reach a total sentence of 40 years, he said.
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