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Prison for Glen Rock man who secretly taped people in bathrooms, bedrooms

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A Glen Rock man must spend more than a decade in state prison for using hidden cameras to secretly take thousands of photographs and videos of adults and children in his home and other locations — including in bathrooms and bedrooms and at his job.

Ian Christopher Anderson, 30, of Lewis Drive, was sentenced Friday, July 6, in York County Court to 11½ to 23 years in prison by presiding Common Pleas Judge Maria Musti Cook.


"These hidden cameras were put in private areas," senior deputy prosecutor Chuck Murphy said.

Ten people, including four children and Anderson's former girlfriend, were videotaped using the bathroom, bathing and having sex.

"One day they have to find out they've been recorded," Murphy said. "Some of them weren't safe in their own homes."

Anderson hid cameras in his home, his former girlfriend's home, the home of an acquaintance and at his workplace, police have said.

On April 3, he was found guilty of 17 counts of invasion of privacy, nine counts of sexual abuse of children for photographing or filming children in sexual acts, four counts of possessing child pornography and three counts of using a computer to commit the illegal acts.

Rather than go before a jury, Anderson opted for a stipulated bench trial before Cook, who also found him guilty in April of being a convicted felon in illegal possession of a firearm.

In a bench trial, a county judge determines guilt or innocence. The fact that it was stipulated means the defense didn't contest any facts or present any evidence.

Appeal coming: Defense attorneys Ron Gross and Jay Whittle said they will appeal the verdict, arguing that all the physical evidence obtained by police was seized illegally, without a search warrant.

Ian Anderson

In court on Friday, Gross argued that his client is not the same person as the man who hid the spy cameras.

"Look at the man he has become over the last couple of years," Gross told the judge.

Terry Anderson spoke in court on his son's behalf, saying his son has always exhibited obsessive-compulsive behavior, and that it has "taken him down the wrong path sometimes."

He told the judge the the sex that was secretly recorded was consensual, and that plenty of people take photos of their kids in bathtubs.

"He's come a long way from the rebellious young person he was," Terry Anderson told Judge Cook.

But Cook said Ian Anderson needs "serious help."

"I don't think minimizing some of the activities he engaged in is going to help," she told Terry Anderson.

After the hearing, Gross told The York Dispatch he had been hoping for a sentence of less than 10 years.

"He's a very different person now," Gross said of his client.

Suppression issue: In February 2017, Judge Cook granted a defense motion to suppress most of the physical evidence, agreeing it was illegally obtained. She then dismissed the bulk of the charges against Anderson, according to court records.

Police and prosecutors maintain Anderson gave police permission to search without a warrant.

"He was on the floor, in handcuffs, with armed police officers saying they wanted to see what he had," Whittle has said. "Put yourself in his position. He didn't feel he had any authority to deny them access to anything."

Prosecutors appealed Cook's February 2017 ruling to the state Superior Court, which in February of this year reinstated the charges.

The bench trial preserved Anderson's right to appeal the Superior Court's ruling, prosecutors have said.

The background: Southern Regional Police identified 10 victims who were secretly, and repeatedly, photographed and videotaped by Anderson between 2011 and 2014.

At least four of those victims were under the age of 18, Murphy said, and one was Anderson's girlfriend at the time.

Court documents indicate Anderson hid spy cameras in his bathroom and bedroom as well as in the bathrooms of two acquaintances' homes and in the bedroom of one of those people's homes. Both the acquaintances lived in Hopewell Township at the time.

Southern Regional Police Detective William Shafer II originally filed a total of 442 criminal charges against Anderson, which included numerous counts of invasion of privacy and possessing child pornography.

The charges were later reduced to fewer all-encompassing counts.

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About the videos: Court documents state there were perhaps thousands of secretly recorded images of adults and children using the bathroom, showering, bathing — even having sex.

Anderson told police he recorded the images so he could watch them later while masturbating, documents state.

The hidden cameras and subsequent videos and photos came to light July 9, 2014, when probation officers conducted an unannounced visit to Anderson's home, according to police. He was on probation at the time for possessing drug paraphernalia.

They found a loaded .22-caliber rifle, some marijuana and smoking materials, and they also found child porn on his computer, documents state. The probation officers then called Southern Regional Police to the scene. 

Anderson also was found guilty of secretly recording people with cameras he hid at an Adams County location. He was convicted there in July of four counts of invasion of privacy and sentenced to six to 23 months in prison, court records state.

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