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Accused of videotaping nude women at work, general counsel agrees to disbarment

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The former general counsel of a Florida company has agreed to disbarment after he was accused of secretly videotaping women showering, using the restroom and changing clothes at the workplace.

James Patrick Stanton, 43, signed a consent to disbarment on Tuesday, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

Stanton was accused of secretly taping the women at a Tampa facility maintenance company called MaintenX International. Stanton was arrested for alleged video voyeurism after a former company employee told police he found the secret videos in 2010 when he was repairing Stanton’s laptop.

The employee didn’t give the videos to police until he left the company in 2014. He said in a lawsuit that he told corporate executives about the videos after he found them. The company’s only response was to remove the cameras and advise Stanton to get counseling, the lawsuit had alleged.

The charges against Stanton were reduced to misdemeanors and then tossed after Stanton’s lawyers asserted the time limit for filing charges had expired.

Stanton had initially sought a disciplinary revocation that would allow him to apply for readmission to the bar, but the state supreme court rejected the offer.

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