A Cumming man had his original charges of invasion of privacy reduced to misdemeanor criminal trespass in a negotiated plea earlier this month.
Vernon Kyle Rowe, 32, had three of his invasion of privacy charges dismissed, and the remaining three were amended in a Feb. 13 plea deal.
He was given 36 months of probation, according to court documents.
According to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office’s initial information in December 2017, Rowe had a camera disguised as an electrical outlet in a woman’s bedroom.
Attorney Jeff Talley said it was a domestic matter that they were able to resolve once the prosecution was able to see it for what it was.
Attorney Clint Teston, who was representing Rowe at the time of his arrest, said Rowe is the homeowner in the case but is not currently living at the residence.
“They have a legitimation case going on right now,” Teston previously told The Times. “They have a child together. He lived in that home.”
Legitimation is the process to establish parental rights for a child. The sheriff’s office report lists an address for Flat Rock Drive and the victim’s age as 35.
A Hall County grand jury returned an indictment in July 2018 with six counts of invasion of privacy.
Hall County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware previously told The Times Rowe recorded the woman between July and November “without her knowledge and consent.” She notified law enforcement after discovering a light emitting from the device, Ware said.
“Although it was several months, the victim detected it, took it off the wall and at that point was able to identify the recording device or camera,” Ware said.
According to a section of Georgia law regarding surveillance, it is legal “for an owner or occupier of real property to use for security purposes, crime prevention, or crime detection any device to observe, photograph or record the activities of persons who are on the property or an approach thereto in areas where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy.”