A man charged with placing cameras in the Middlesboro Walmart restroom pleaded guilty in two states for similar charges.
Randall R. Rogers, 49, of Speedwell, Tenn., pleaded guilty to charges placed against him in Bell County and Claiborne County, Tenn.
In Bell County, Rogers pleaded guilty to three counts of promoting a sexual performance by a minor under 18 years of age, four counts of video voyeurism and seven counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.
Commonwealth Attorney Karen Greene Blondell recommended 10 years in the penitentiary for the promoting sexual performance charges, five years in the penitentiary for the video voyeurism charges and five years in the penitentiary for the forged instrument charges.
Blondell recommended a 20-year sentence total. Rogers final sentencing date in Bell Circuit Court is April 15.
In Claiborne County, Rogers received a 20-year sentence for pleading guilty on Tuesday to multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, attempted sexual exploitation of a minor and unlawful photographing in violation of privacy.
After entering his plea, Rogers was remanded to the Kentucky Department of Corrections to serve his sentence.
The investigation behind Rogers acts began in December 2011. It was at that time officers from the Middlesboro Police Department (MPD) found the first camera inside the restroom.
The MPD worked in collaboration with the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office and the Lincoln Memorial University Police Department during the case.
Rogers was apprehended by Lt. Tom Busic of the MPD in the Walmart parking lot. Middlesboro police were able to identify Rogers because he captured his face on the cameras when he turned them on after placing them in the restroom.
Police also said Rogers had a camera in his possession when arrested, but it was blank. Police also searched his home and found more evidence.
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