AUBURN — A 42-year-old man will spend the next six months in jail for videotaping a woman without her permission. 

Geoffrey Jacobs, of P.O. Box 380, was arrested in June 2016 and charged with one count of second-degree unlawful surveillance, a class E felony. At the time, the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office said Jacobs had hidden a camera in a woman's bathroom at Village Manor Apartments and secretly recorded her between May 8 and June 20, 2016. 

At first, Jacobs denied the charges; however, in June 2017, he pleaded guilty to the crime in exchange for shock probation. 

During his plea, Jacobs told Judge Thomas Leone he set up the camera to watch the woman undress, noting that he did it out of "curiosity." 

Jacobs could have faced up to four years in prison, but Leone sentenced him Thursday to six months in jail and five years probation. Jacobs will also have to register as a sex offender. 

Also in court: 

• An inmate will serve another two to four years in prison for possessing a ceramic cutting weapon while he was incarcerated at Auburn Correctional Facility. 

David Sinkler, 23, pleaded guilty to first-degree promoting prison contraband in August. At the time, he told Judge Leone he used a ceramic blade against another inmate in March. 

A second felony offender, Sinkler was previously convicted of first-degree criminal sex act and second-degree burglary in December 2016. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison. 

On Thursday, Leone sentenced Sinkler to an additional two to four years in prison. Sinkler is currently incarcerated at Southport Correctional Facility. 

Staff writer Megan Blarr can be reached at (315) 282-2282 or megan.blarr@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @CitizenBlarr. 

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