Camera bug gets suspended sentence

October 2, 2018

BRIDGEPORT - A local man received a suspended sentence Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to secretly taking photos under the dress of a female staff member at Housatonic Community College.

Ervin Bryant, 37, of Pembroke Street, pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless endangerment, breach of peace and interfering with police.

He was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Frank Iannotti to a two and a half-year suspended term followed by three years’ probation.

At the urging of Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Tatiana Messina, the judge also ordered Bryant to register as a sex offender.

On Oct. 3, 2017, state police were dispatched to the downtown college.

A female staff member told police she was standing in a doorway of a co-worker’s office when she felt something behind her. When she turned around, police said she saw Bryant standing close behind her hold his cellphone with the flash on at the level of the bottom of her dress.

College security officers later reviewed the video surveillance in the corridor and saw Bryant holding his cell phone under the victim’s dress, police said.

When officers later confronted Bryant, police said he smashed his cell phone and threw it in the garbage.

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