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May 8, 2013

Man sentenced in peeping tom case New Ulm

ST. PETER — The New Ulm man who surreptitiously set up a video camera to capture footage of women as they showered at a hog farm has been sentenced to two months in jail and two years of probation.

William Craig Rolloff, 53, was sentenced Tuesday in Nicollet County District Court for one gross misdemeanor count of interfering with the privacy of a minor. In addition to jail and probation, he’ll be required to attend sex offender treatment.

Authorities say the camera was found by one of the hog farm’s female employees. (Employees are required to shower before and after work to prevent the spread of germs and diseases.) The woman who inspected the camera and found that it had been operating for about 14 minutes before she discovered it.

The employee brought the camera to her supervisors. A female owner of the barn reviewed the camera’s contents and found several videos with footage of topless females, including one younger than 18.

Rolloff, who had pleaded guilty in February, had admitted to a Nicollet County Sheriff’s Department investigator to making three separate recordings. The first video showed the first two victims getting dressed, then ends with a hand grabbing the camera and turning it toward Rolloff’s face, authorities said.

The second video showed the first two victims getting ready to shower and ends with Rolloff’s hand and face being shown. A third video shows a hand hiding the camera and a fourth video shows the woman who found the camera exiting the shower in a towel.

Rolloff initially faced two felony charges and four gross misdemeanor charges of interfering with privacy.

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