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Probation for York County man who secretly recorded housesitter undressing

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
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A former Windsor Township man has avoided prison for secretly recording his housesitter changing clothing, then saving shots of her in the nude.

Joshua F. Kiehner, 37, of North Codorus Township, appeared Friday in York County Court, where he pleaded guilty to the first-degree misdemeanor of possessing an instrument of crime as part of a negotiated plea agreement, according to court records.

In exchange for his plea, a third-degree misdemeanor charge of invasion of privacy was withdrawn, records state.

Kiehner was sentenced to three years of probation by presiding Common Pleas Judge Maria Musti Cook, who ordered him to complete sexual-offender treatment and have no contact with the victim in the case, according to court records.

York Area Regional Police started investigating in April 2019 after a woman related to Kiehner by marriage reported he had nude photos of her from when she housesat at his former home on Devon Lane in Windsor Township in 2017, according to court documents.

One of Kiehner's family members found the photos on Kiehner's computer and sent them to the housesitter, who then went to police, documents state.

Expected privacy: The woman housesat for Kiehner from Oct. 28, 2017, to Nov. 1, 2017. She maintains she was never told about the hidden camera and expected privacy while there, according to police.

"From the camera angle it appears that the security camera was in the entertainment stand … and is focused on the sofa where (the housesitter) was to have been sleeping during her stay," court documents state.

On May 1, 2019, police obtained a search warrant for Kiehner's electronic devices that can store images.

A forensic analysis of a thumb drive seized from Kiehner's home recovered 20 photos of the housesitter undressing, documents state — despite the fact that those images had been deleted.

Kiehner told police the images were old and he thought he had deleted them, police have said.

— Reach senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

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