Man sentenced for smartphone in dressing room

Richard Schmeling. (June 13, 2013)
Richard Schmeling. (June 13, 2013)

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man who set a smartphone to record video from a dance studio dressing room will spend time in prison.

Richard Schmeling was sentenced Thursday for three counts.

A sentence of between one and two years in prison for surveilling an unclothed person will run concurrently with a sentence of between 18 months and four years for capturing and distributing an image of an unclothed person.

Once he has finished serving those concurrent sentences, he will serve another 18 months to five years in prison for using a computer to commit a crime.

In March, employees at the Ada Dance Academy in Ada Township found a smartphone placed in the ceiling from an adjacent utility room that could not be accessed from the studio. Staff then called police. Detectives arrived and saw the phone was still recording.

Court documents stated that videos of the girls were taken, but none were naked.

Schmeling cut a hole in the drywall in order to place the phone. He allegedly left that drywall behind and police were able to match a fingerprint.

He was charged in June and pleaded guilty in December to the three counts.

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