An attorney accused of recording the lower torso of his female employees while they sat at desks was sentenced to 180 days in jail, but that sentence was suspended by the court.
Attorney Jeremiah Johnson pleaded no contest Wednesday to one count of audio eavesdropping in his office in 2011. Johnson purchased an iPhone, an iPad and an application for video surveillance. Court documents also said he purchased new office desks that were open so everyone could see the person's lower torso.
He allegedly recorded female employees at their desks, allowing him to see between their legs all the way to their undergarments.
Johnson County Attorney Steve Howe addressed the deal that allowed Johnson to plea down and whether Johnson's status as an attorney played into the decision.
"We feel like we treated this case like any other case. It doesn't matter if he's a lawyer or not. We felt like we made a real effort to treat his case just as we would any other individual who would commit this type of crime," Howe said.
Howe went on to say the three victims were consulted throughout the case and were all in agreement with the resolution. Also, the women had filed a civil case against Johnson in federal court. That case was previously settled.
However, Johnson's attorney, Rick Merker, emailed KCTV5 to take umbrage with Howe's contentions.
"The alleged victims were not consulted and in fact wanted nothing to do with the charges and had advised Mr. Howe of that which he ignored," Merker wrote.
KCTV5 originally reported that Johnson had been placed on probation based on an interview with Howe. Kansas court records confirm Merker's assertion that Howe's information was incorrect.
In addition, KCTV5 reported that Johnson faced up to one year in jail. That was incorrect.
Johnson was licensed in both Missouri and Kansas. There's no word on if his plea deal will subject him to disciplinary action by either state's bar association.
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