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Boss Spied on Lifeguards Through Two-Way Mirror, Police Say

August 13, 1993

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The female lifeguards at a suburban YMCA thought it was strange that their boss disappeared nearly every time they took a shower. So they decided to do a little snooping around.

They discovered that John Szot, the 25-year-old program director, was able to climb through a trap door and watch them shower and dress through a two-way mirror he installed in an employees’ bathroom, police said Friday.

Szot (pronounced Zot) pleaded guilty Friday to stalking-harassment, a summary offense, before District Justice Robert M. Sable. He paid a $300 fine and $73 in court costs. He also was fired.

The eight lifeguards, ranging in age from 16 to 21, contacted police Tuesday night with their suspicions. A detective posing as a parent went to the Cloverleaf branch of the YMCA in Baldwin on Wednesday and followed Szot to his hiding place.

″He was caught in the act,″ said police Chief Chris Kelly. ″He gives no explanation for it. It was just a perversion.″

The lifeguards became suspicious because Szot often told them when to take a shower and disappeared, Kelly said. They found a space between two walls where Szot could sit in a chair and observe the women. He dropped down to the space from a trapdoor in the rafters above.

Police believe the mirror was installed last year.

Szot did not immediately return a message left on his telephone answering machine.

The police chief said he plans to talk to legislators about making what Szot did a more serious crime under state law.

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