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Ex-Legal Aid Lawyer Pleads in Voyeur Case

Posted Oct 25, 2007 7:23 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Former Legal Aid Society lawyer Peter Barta has pleaded guilty to spying on colleagues changing clothes in an office.

Under the plea agreement, an unlawful surveillance charge will be dismissed and the case sealed if Barta completes a year of counseling, the New York Daily News reports. The Queens lawyer said in a letter to the judge that his behavior was "creepy, disrespectful, juvenile and stupid."

Barta used a Sharper Image minicam hidden in a clock to videotape his female colleagues putting on more formal attire for the courtroom.

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