Former Wichita State student admits hiding video camera in dorm shower

11/12/2013 5:09 PM

11/12/2013 5:09 PM

A former Wichita State student pleaded guilty Tuesday to three felonies for secretly videotaping his three roommates as they showered in their dorm.

Keanan Daniel Smith, 21, who had been scheduled to stand trial this week on five felony charges, pleaded guilty to three counts of breach of privacy. Two counts of sexual exploitation of a child were dismissed in a plea agreement with prosecutors.

The breach of privacy charges accused Smith of taping the roommates on Feb. 28, 2012. The other two counts accused him of possessing on Feb. 29, 2012, pictures or digital images of a child under 18 engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

In entering the plea, Smith admitted that he installed a video camera in a bathroom and used it to tape his roommates while they showered. He also admitted his actions were sexually motivated, and he will be required to register as a sex offender.

In exchange for his plea, prosecutors agreed to recommend that Smith be granted probation. He will be sentenced by District Judge David Kaufman.

Kansas law makes it illegal to photograph or videotape a person who is nude or in a state of undress under circumstances in which the person had a reasonable expectation of privacy.

In his application for a court-appointed lawyer, Smith listed an address in the southeast Kansas town of Edna. University records show he was a student at Wichita State from the fall of 2010 through the spring of 2012.

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