AUBURN | William Blake made a habit of surreptitiously videotaping women and teenage girls.
According to District Attorney Jon Budelmann, Blake went to malls and other public places with a small camera for the purpose of secretly taking photographs and videos of women's genitals.
"He had it on a lanyard and he would swing it up under people's skirts," Budelmann said.
But the dozens of videos and photos of footage Blake took with his lanyard were not the only images investigators found when searching the 24-year-old Auburn man's home. Among Blake's voyeuristic videos was footage he secretly took of a 16-year-old girl as she stepped out of the shower.
And after he confessed Tuesday morning in Cayuga County Court to filming the Auburn girl without her knowledge, Blake was promised a sentence of shock probation for his actions.
Blake, of 5879 Bluefield Road, told Judge Mark Fandrich he attached a small camera on the teenager's sink in the fall of 2011 in order to capture naked shots of her as she stepped out of the shower. Admitting he knew the girl was younger than 17, Blake said he wanted to obtain footage for his own sexual gratification.
"I'm not proud of what I did, your honor," Blake said.
For pleading guilty to attempting to promote an obscene sexual performance by a child, a felony, Budelmann and Douglas Bates, Blake's defense attorney, said multiple charges pending against Blake in Auburn City Court would be satisfied.
In exchange for his plea, Blake — who must register as a sex offender — faces a promised sentence of shock probation. Fandrich said the shock portion of the sentence could range from six months in the Cayuga County Jail to community service.
However, Fandrich said he would wait to define the shock portion of Blake's sentence until after he read the defendant's presentence report.
Also in court:
• Robert Flanigan, 39, was sentenced to spend six months in the Cayuga County Jail for having sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old girl.
Flanigan, of 112 Seymour St., apartment 332, Auburn, was also sentenced to 10 years of probation for his felony third-degree rape conviction.
Kevin Taylor, Flanigan's defense attorney, said that although his client was "somewhat limited," he understood his actions were wrong and wanted help to change his ways.
"He indicated he would like counseling to maybe control these urges," Taylor said.
When given a chance to speak, Flanigan apologized for "the incident."
Budelmann said Flanigan's plea and sentence satisfied a criminal contempt arrest regarding his victim.
• A 40-year-old Auburn man was sentenced to spend up to three years in prison for entering a home without permission and stealing a television.
Karl Diggs, of 22 School St., was sentenced to spend 1 1/2 to three years behind bars for third-degree attempted burglary, a felony. The second felony offender was also ordered to pay $500 restitution.
Budelmann said Diggs reported he stole the TV to support a $280 per day cocaine habit.