SWANSEA, Mass. (WPRI) – A Swansea man will spend the next two and a half years behind bars after being caught recording two unsuspecting teenagers through fake one-way mirrors inside his home, according to Bristol County Attorney Thomas Quinn.
Quinn said Gerald Caron, 66, pleaded guilty last week and will serve the maximum jail time allowed for his crimes.
“The sentences imposed by the court hold the accused responsible for his bizarre and evil conduct,” Quinn said.
The fake one-way mirrors were discovered by the teens, ages 18 and 15, in July 2020. Quinn said the two sisters had known Caron for years and had offered to let them live with him in his home. Stevens Road house.
The two teenagers stayed in a spare bedroom that Caron had created for them, according to Quinn, and they used a bathroom separate from him that was next to his bedroom.
Quinn said that over the next five months, the sisters grew suspicious of Caron. The teens feared Caron would watch them take a shower, Quinn said, as they would hear noises behind the wall that supported the bathroom mirror.
A month before Caron’s arrest, the older sister had returned home and noticed that her bedroom door was open, according to Quinn.
When she walked inside and looked around, Quinn said she noticed a black towel hanging on her closet wall, and when she lifted it she discovered a one-way mirror. which opened directly onto their bathroom.
The teenager immediately contacted the Swansea Police Department to report Caron, who Quinn said denied everything once detectives arrived at his home four days later.
Caron told detectives that he “adored the sisters, wished they were his and made a room for them because they didn’t have their own room growing up,” according to Quinn.
After searching Caron’s home, Quinn said detectives discovered the two-way mirror, as well as a mounted video camera pointed at the shower and toilet.
Quinn said it appeared Caron had covered the exterior buttons and camera lights with black electrical tape so that it would not be detected through the mirror, and her closet doors were covered with a vinyl siding. black plastic to prevent light from passing through.
Similar mounted one-way mirrors were also found above their bathroom vanity, as well as in the older sister’s bedroom on the second floor, Quinn said.
Caron was convicted of two counts of photographing sexual or private parts without consent and one count of possession of child pornography.
Following his prison sentence, Caron will serve five years of supervised probation.