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Massage therapist admits secretly videotaping clients

July 23, 2019

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont massage therapist has been sentenced to six months in jail for secretly videotaping clients.

Roger Schmidt, of Middlebury, originally pleaded not guilty. WCAX-TV reports he changed his plea to guilty on Monday to more than 25 counts of voyeurism and two counts of illegal practice of medicine. A child pornography charge was dropped.

Police began investigating Schmidt after a Rogers Relaxing Massage Therapy customer filed a complaint. Last year, investigators said they discovered multiple hidden cameras.

Schmidt apologized Monday to the more than a dozen victims. But the woman said his apology and sentence are not sufficient.

Vermont doesn’t require massage therapists to have licenses or training. Addison County State’s Attorney Dennis Wygmans says he plans to push for regulation during the next legislative session.

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Information from: WCAX-TV, http://www.wcax.com

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