A Lexington man entered an Alford plea last month to allegedly hiding a cellphone in a locker room at Saint Joseph East hospital and recording female employees changing clothes.
Marc P. Bajarin, 43, entered the plea on voyeurism on Aug. 28, according to Fayette District Court documents. An Alford plea means a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a criminal conviction.
Fayette District Judge T. Bruce Bell sentenced Bajarin to serve 10 days in jail; another 170 days are to be probated for two years. Bajarin is to undergo sex offender counseling, and forfeited his iPhone and an Apple computer.
A warrant said that on Feb. 13, an unnamed hospital employee found a telephone hidden "in a manner to video record" or take photos in a locker room where female employees changed clothes. The phone was taped to a piece of paper and held up with magnets inside a locker, the warrant said. The phone camera was positioned at a hole in the locker, which allowed viewing of people without obstruction, the warrant said.
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The video captured several women in the locker room over a two-hour period, the warrant said. The camera recorded some staffers changing into scrubs for work.
A police forensic analysis showed that the cellphone belonged to Bajarin, a sterilization technician at the hospital, and that it had been backed up and synched to his computer, the warrant said.
Bajarin initially said he had lost his phone before admitting to police that he rigged the phone in the locker, according to the warrant.
"He maintained that he put the camera there to record alleged criminal activity, but admitted that he knew that it was a female-only changing room. A check with hospital security found that Mr. Bajarin never reported any alleged criminal activity nor was he working with security ... ," the warrant said.
No other locker rooms in the hospital were affected.