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UPDATE: Plea/sentencing scheduled for 81-year-old accused of recording nude men


UPDATE - A plea/sentencing hearing was scheduled for the Three Lakes man accused of capturing nude images of two interns who were staying in his home.

In court today, Elmer Goetsch's attorney withdrew a motion to suppress fruits of the search.  That's a legal term for evidence that is excluded from trial if it was gained through evidence uncovered in an illegal arrest, unreasonable search, or coercive interrogation.

Goetsch is charged with Capture an Image of Nudity and Reproduce a Representation of Nudity.

According to online records, the judge asked the prosecuting attorney for a recitation of facts.  The court requested Goetsch's attorney to provide background information; victim/impact statements and letters of recommendation. 

The plea/sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 20, 2012 at 01:30 pm.


UPDATE - The Oneida County judge says there is enough evidence for Elmer Goetsch to go to trial.  Goetsch waived his right to a preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty.  A trial date will be set once a judge is assigned.

Goetsch's lawyer had no comment for our Newsline 9 reporter.


An 81-year-old Three Lakes man was arrested and charged with capturing nude images of two interns who were staying in his home.

Elmer Goetsch was arrested June 12 after police found recording equipment in the bathroom and bedrooms of his home were the two young men were staying.

"Some of the cameras appeared to be pinhole cameras which as I understand are very easily concealed," Oneida County Assistant District Attorney Scott Moller said.

According to the criminal complaint, the two men were living with Goetsch while interning for the Waterfront Association. On June 12, one of the interns returned to Goetsch's home during the day. He heard a strange sound in the home and went to investigate. The intern followed the noise into Goetsch's bedroom where he saw a picture of his own bedroom on the television screen. He proceeded to look around the house and found other recording devices, according to the complaint.

The intern called police who then looked around Goetsch's home and saw cameras set up in the bathroom and each bedroom, along with videos and pictures of the interns without their clothing. They also called the other intern, who said he did not know he was being recorded, according to the criminal complaint.

Police arrested Goetsch when he returned to his home. According to the complaint, Goetsch said he didn't know anything about the cameras.

"He also told police he was disappointed the individuals didn't come to him first with concerns before going to police," Moller said. 

According to the complaint, the interns told police Goetsch never made any inappropriate comments toward them. But, he did supply them with pornography in both their bedrooms.

"These are only charges pending against him right now," Moller explained. "Of course he is innocent until proven guilty."

Goetsch appeared in court on June 14 and was officially charged with capturing an image of nudity without consent and reproducing a representation of nudity without consent. He was released on a $10,000 signature bond.

He will be in court again on July 16.

Goetsch has no prior criminal history.

Newsline 9 tried to contact Goetsch at his home, but he hung up on us. His lawyer said he had no comment. We also contacted the president of the Waterfront Association, he had no comment at this time.

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