AUBURN — A Cayuga County man has admitted to secretly videotaping a woman at her home in Aurelius.
Nicholas Townsend, of 7711 Roue 90 in Cayuga, pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree unlawful surveillance, a class E felony.
During his plea, the 24-year-old told Judge Mark Fandrich that he hid his cellphone in a woman's bedroom closet and recorded her without her consent.
Townsend was arrested in February and released from jail on $1,000 cash bail. He could face up to four years in prison, however, Fandrich agreed to sentence Townsend to no worse than six months in Cayuga County Jail and five years probation. In addition, Townsend may be required to register as a sex offender.
Sentencing has been scheduled for July 18.
Also in court:
• An Auburn man with an extensive criminal history has admitted selling heroin in Cayuga County.
Karl Diggs, 44, of 191 Genesee St. Apt. 30, was initially arrested in November 2015 and charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, both felonies.
In March 2016, Fandrich remanded Diggs to Cayuga County Jail without bail, citing his substantial criminal history including three felonies and 46 misdemeanor convictions. And in November 2016, Diggs was charged with two more drug-related felonies.
On Tuesday, Diggs pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony, in full satisfaction of the indictment, in exchange for four years in prison followed by three years post-release supervision.
His sentencing was scheduled for July 18.
• An Auburn man was sentenced to prison Tuesday for having a sexual relationship with an underage girl.
Charles Williams, 23, of 9 Hoffman St., pleaded guilty in March to one count of third-degree rape. At the time, he admitted having sex with a 16-year-old girl in October 2016.
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At his sentencing Tuesday, Williams — who was convicted of burglary in 2011 — said he "felt like a victim," claiming the girl lied to Williams about her age.
"She lied to me and my mom and told us she was 18 years old," he said. "The law protects her. It doesn't protect me."
Williams was sentenced to two years in prison and five years post-release supervision. He will also have to register as a sex offender upon his release.
• A Weedsport woman who admitted possessing heroin at the Cayuga County Jail was sentenced to prison Tuesday for recently possessing hypodermic needles.
Brittany Saroodis, 25, of 8444 Hoyt Road, pleaded guilty in February to first-degree promoting prison contraband, a felony, and second-degree aggravated harassment, a violation. During her plea, she said she had bit her father during an altercation in November 2016 and, upon being booked at the jail, officers found five packets of heroin and other medications concealed in her hair.
At the time of her plea, Fandrich had agreed to sentence Saroodis to no worse than six months in jail and five years probation. However, according to Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann, Saroodis got into further trouble pending sentencing, as she was allegedly found in possession of hypodermic needles at a halfway house.
"(We) have bent over backwards for her," Budelmann said at sentencing, noting that Saroodis has struggled with a heroin addiction for years. "There's not much more we can do."
"I am concerned," Defense Attorney Rome Canzano added. "The purpose of this isn't punishment ... I'd rather be here than at her funeral."
"Everyone in this courtroom is afraid for your safety and for your health," he said.
Fandrich sentenced Saroodis to 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 years in prison. In addition, he included a shock camp order to in an effort to get Saroodis the substance abuse treatment she needs.
"You're lucky to have a family here to support you," Fandrich said, acknowledging Saroodis' family seated behind her in court. "I hope you realize how lucky you are."