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Sarnia man who hid cam in ladies washroom gets house arrest

A woman's washroom sign

Credits: Chris Roussakis/QMI Agency

NEIL BOWEN | QMI AGENCY

SARNIA, Ont. — A 32-year-old man who hid a camera in a washroom and recorded two women has been sentenced to nine months of house arrest.

Tyler Thomas Boles, of Sarnia, Ont., previously pleaded guilty to voyeurism and was sentenced Monday in Sarnia court.

One of the victims found the camera hidden behind a stack of toilet paper in the washroom of an unidentified Sarnia business, and reported it to police Feb. 7. Police searched Boles' home the next day and he was arrested.

In a victim impact statement, one woman told court she’s unable to concentrate and in need of ongoing counselling.

Every time she uses a public washroom she spends several minutes searching for hidden cameras, she said.

The resulting stress occurred while she was under a doctor’s order to reduce stress in her life.

Boles should be jailed for between two and three months for the harmful invasion that offended societal values, said assistant Crown attorney Chris Heron.

Since the offence, Boles has undergone counselling but a pre-sentence report did not uncover a motive for the offences.

“I am so sorry,” Boles said.

Emotional and mental issues must be involved, said defence lawyer David Stoesser.

Stoesser recommended house arrest as Boles doesn’t have a criminal record and poses no public safety risk.

During house arrest, Boles cannot leave home except for counselling or education, and his movements may be tracked electronically.

Boles also can't contact the victims nor own any electronic recording device, including a cellphone.

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