Clark County man hides camera in couple’s bedroom, gets jail time

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Clark County man hides camera in couple’s bedroom, gets jail time

A Clark County man accused of planting a camera in a couple’s bedroom to watch them while they were undressed was sentenced Wednesday.

Theodore Galbreath, 64, pleaded guilty to voyeurism in August after a woman found the camera hidden in her bedroom in December.

Galbreath had a chance to withdraw his guilty plea Wednesday because the court did not inform him about sexual offender registration. He was labeled a Tier I offender, which means he must resister his address once a year with his county sheriff’s office for the next 15 years. He chose to keep his guilty plea.

His defense attorney Amanda J. Lantz asked for no jail time but for community service or fines. He has already been sentenced, she said.

“Immediately, he and his wife engaged in family counseling, marital counseling and personal private counseling sessions. He’s learned through counseling he has an addiction that’s been unaddressed for decades,” Lantz said.

Galbreath has taken many steps since being confronted with the camera, Lantz said. His daily electronic usage has been monitored. He still travels to Cincinnati for counseling and also pays for the victims’ counseling.

Clark County Municipal Court Judge Denise Moody said that even though there’s no history of this behavior, what Galbreath shared in the pre-sentencing report concerned the court.

The judge sentenced Galbreath to 90 days in jail with 60 days suspended and a $750 fine and court costs. Moody also ordered him not to have contact with the victims, to have no similar offenses and to register as a Tier I sex offender.

Galbreath’s defense attorney requested to schedule a time for him to report to jail so he could say goodbye to his family but was denied.

He was taken into custody shortly after his sentencing and was booked into the Clark County Jail at 10:15 a.m., online jail records show.

Both the prosecutor and defense attorney declined to comment about the case and sentencing.

A Springfield resident was shocked to hear about the voyeurism charge Wednesday. He believes Galbreath’s sentencing isn’t long enough.

“You don’t go putting cameras in people’s bedrooms and stuff and watching them,” John Layne, said.

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