Aquatic centre voyeur gets conditional discharge

Aaron John Winger given conditional discharge after pleading guilty to two counts of voyeurism in Revelstoke court last week.

A Revelstoke man was given a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to two counts of voyeurism in Revelstoke court last week.

Aaron John Winger, 39, was caught twice trying to take photos in the family change room at the Revelstoke Aquatic Centre.

The first incident happened on Dec. 3, 2012 when a lifeguard at the pool found him crouched on the ground, cellphone in hand, outside the private change room she was showering in, Crown prosecutor Angela Ross told the court.

Winger told the lifeguard he had dropped his towel, but he didn’t have one on him. He was at the pool alone and there was no reason for him to be in the family change room.

The second incident happened on Jan., 2012, when the same lifeguard entered the family change room and found Winger sprawled on his stomach, sliding his cell phone under a small gap beneath a change room door. This time, police were notified and Winger was arrested and charged with two counts of secretly observing or recording nudity in a private place.

Winger acknowledged to police it was the lifeguard he was trying to look at and that he had no purpose for his actions.

His lawyer Chris Johnston said Winger was working to change his behaviour and that his wife and parents were supporting him.

Crown asked for a suspended sentence with one-year probation but Judge Roy Dickey sided with Johnston, who asked for a conditional discharge, saying the humiliation Winger put upon himself was punishment enough,

“I can’t imagine any situation more embarrassing to Mr. Winger than what has happened here,” said Dickey. “He has had to admit to his wife, his parents and the community what he did.”

With that, he gave Winger a conditional discharge, with one-year probation during which he is not allowed at the aquatic centre or to have contact with the lifeguard.

Man gets jail for driving without a license

A B.C. man got 21 days in jail and a two-year driving prohibition for driving while his license was suspended.

Michael Steven Shoren pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended license in Revelstoke court last Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Shoren was stopped by Revelstoke RCMP on the Trans-Canada Highway near Greeley Road on May 26, 2013. It was the fifth time he was caught driving with a suspended licence.

 

 

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