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Man sentenced for secretly videotaping college interns during lake project

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ONEIDA COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - An 81-year-old man will spend six months in jail, after he admitted secretly videotaping two college interns who were staying at his house while working on a lake project.

Elmer Goetsch of Three Lakes was also ordered to spend 3 years on probation, after he pleaded guilty in Oneida County to felony charges of capturing and reproducing nudity.

The jail time includes work release privileges, and Goetsch must also perform 200 hours of community service each year of his sentence. And he has to write letters of apology to the interns, who were from UW-Oshkosh and St. Norbert College.

They were helping the Three Lakes Waterfront Association with a clean boat and water initiative.

The Oshkosh intern told police that he heard an odd sound from Goetsch’s bedroom – and when he checked it out, he saw an image of his room on Goetsch’s TV. Cameras were later found in both interns’ rooms.

Prosecutors said the home was later searched, and police found three pinhole cameras and a tape with nude images of the first intern.

Goetsch had been a long-time member of the Oneida County Board of Adjustment and Library Board. He stepped down from both panels soon after he was charged last June. 

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