Friday, June 26, 2009

'Peeping Tom Landlord' pleads guilty

NORRISTOWN — The man prosecutors dubbed the "Peeping Tom Landlord" could be peering from behind prison bars for a long time now that he's admitted to using electronic devices to videotape women who lived in his Norristown apartment buildings.

Thomas Daley, 46, formerly of the 1000 block of Spring City Road, Phoenixville, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court on Wednesday to 30 misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy, seven felony counts of interception of oral communications and five felony counts of possessing an electronic device for the surreptitious interception of oral communications in connection with incidents that occurred between 1989 and September 2008. Daley, wearing a denim shirt and jeans, showed no emotion while admitting to Judge William J. Furber Jr. that he invaded the privacy of no fewer than 30 women who lived in 11 or 12 units of five properties he owned in the borough.

"If you start with the premise that a person's home is his or her castle, a place that you have solace and a place that you can get away from the world, by spying on their most intimate behavior, it would shake a person to their core," said Assistant District Attorney John N. Gradel. "It's really an egregious violation of privacy."


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