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Seasonal Employee Sentenced For Video Voyeurism

Ozark National Scenic Riverways

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On September 28th, a federal judge sentenced former NPS seasonal maintenance employee Randon Crane to a term of three months imprisonment, followed by one year of supervised probation and a fifteen year requirement to register as a sex offender. Crane admitted that he used his cell phone camera to obtain images of a 16-year-old girl as she used an NPS shower facility in a park campground. Crane was able to lie down in an adjacent utility room and place his cell phone in a hole connected to the shower room to obtain the images. The victim saw the cell phone disappear into the hole and grew suspicious. She told her parents, who notified park rangers. Crane was subsequently interviewed by a NPS special agent and confessed. The cell phone was seized and a search warrant was performed by a NPS computer crimes investigator, who analyzed the contents. Ozark officials terminated Crane’s employment the day he confessed to the special agent.  Ozark officials immediately retrofitted the shower facility to prevent future incidents.  They recommend that all NPS managers inspect their facilities for foundation vents, auxiliary drains or other structural features or openings that may be accessed to conduct similar criminal activities.


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