Police: Jealous Yorkana man illegally taped girlfriend
A Yorkana man was so suspicious about his girlfriend's fidelity that he hid a tape recorder and video camera in their home to spy on her, according to police allegations.
Todd W. Fitz, 53, of the first block of Main Street, remains free on $5,000 bail, charged with intercepting oral communications and possessing interception devices. Both charges are third-degree felonies.
Fitz declined comment to The York Dispatch on Wednesday, Oct. 4.
According to charging documents filed by state police, troopers were called to Fitz's home on Sept. 17 for a domestic dispute.
After speaking with Fitz and his girlfriend, troopers determined the dispute was over the woman discovering Fitz was secretly audiotaping and videotaping her, documents allege.
The woman, whose name is being withheld by The York Dispatch, told troopers she found a tape recorder hidden behind a sofa cushion in their living room.
She said she also found a video camera stashed below their television on a TV stand, documents state.
Saw camera's lights: The woman explained she saw something "shining brightly" in her direction, which drew her attention to lights on the camera, police said.
She told troopers she didn't give Fitz permission to record her with video- or audio-recording devices, according to charging documents.
Fitz told troopers on Sept. 17 that he suspected his girlfriend had been cheating on him, in part because she came home from work "all dressed up" about two weeks earlier, and because on a couple of mornings her phone wasn't in the same place it had been when he'd gone to sleep the night before, documents state.
Troopers said the woman told them she tried to convince Fitz she wasn't cheating.
Fitz said he already owned a video recorder but bought more recording equipment on Sept. 7, then placed the recording equipment in the living room "because he felt she wasn't telling the truth," charging documents state.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 27 before District Judge John H. Fishel.
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