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Man sentenced to 20 years for secretly recording children in bathroom of gymnastics facility

Camera found in bathroom of gymnastics facility
Posted at 10:27 PM, Apr 01, 2019

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WMAR) — A man has been sentenced to 20 years for secretly recording children in the bathroom of a gymnastics facility in Silver Spring.

According to the justice department, 55-year-old Jonathan Mark Oldale placed a backpack holding a disguised camera in a bathroom. An employee notified Montgomery County Police when it was found. The person also told police of a previous incident in which Oldale had left a backpack in the same restroom.

Montgomery County officers then searched Oldale's home and found electronic media, including three laptop computers – two of which had been installed with browsers to access the “dark web.” Some of the files on the computers had titles consistent with child pornography.

Officer later conducted a second search at Oldale's home. This time they seized three “spy cameras,” five MicroSD cards, and five USB drives. All of the removable media contained videos created using “spy” cameras that had been placed by Oldale in bathrooms in his home.

The videos show that Oldale would enter the bathroom to adjust the cameras just before children entered the bathrooms and just after the children left. The videos show minor children changing into and out of bathing suits, taking showers, and using the toilet.

Between May and July 2017, Oldale recorded more than 1,000 videos using the hidden cameras in his bathrooms.

Oldale has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison, followed by lifetime supervised release.