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A Philadelphia man was sentenced for secretly recording his girlfriend's two underage daughters in the bathroom.
Roger Wallach, 38, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and 20 years of supervised release.
Wallach used a hidden camera to record the two girls over a three-month span.
A Philadelphia man was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison for using a hidden camera to secretly record his girlfriend’s two underage daughters while they were using the bathroom.
On Aug. 17, 2017, Roger Wallach, 38, was having dinner with his girlfriend when she told him to give his two-month-old son a bath. After he left the room, the woman looked through Wallach’s phone and came across several videos of her two daughters, ages 10 and 11, naked in the bathroom and showering.
In the videos, Wallach could be seen setting up a smart phone to record and then walking out of the bathroom, according to the criminal complaint.
The woman then confronted Wallach who began to cry and apologize, the criminal complaint states. She then contacted Philadelphia police and Wallach was arrested.
The secret recordings occurred over a three-month span.
Wallach pleaded guilty to nine counts of manufacturing and attempting to manufacture child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
After the guilty plea, Wallach admitted to hiding a spy watch in the bathroom which recorded the girls as they undressed and showered.
Wallach also used the webcam on his laptop to record them undressing and sent hundreds of sexually explicit images of the two girls.
In addition to his prison time, Wallach will also have to serve another 20 years of supervised release and undergo sex offender evaluation and treatment.
“Child predators are among the worst type of criminals,” U.S. Attorney William McSwain said. “They prey on those whose very innocence makes them the most likely to be targeted. While the lengthy prison sentence and 20-year term of supervised release ordered today does not erase the defendant’s deplorable actions, it is a stern punishment that will help to protect some of society’s most vulnerable victims.”