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Friday, June 17, 2011

Nicholas Springer, Accused Peeping Tom, Gets Plea Deal

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 12:50 PM

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Nicholas Springer, the 26-year-old man accused of placing a video camera in his Crocs and recording up women's skirts, got off with a rather sweet plea deal.

According to media outlets Springer showed up to court yesterday and plead guilty to charges of loitering. The Marin District Attorney dropped the other charges as part of a plea deal, according to the Marin Independent Journal. 

Springer, who has tried to stay out of the public eye, ironically, was sentenced to 20 days in jail and three years probation. Yet his lawyer told reporters he will apply to serve that time via a county work program.

Calls to Springer's attorney, Brendan Hickey, as well as the District Attorney's Office have not yet been returned.

Springer refused to comment to the media yesterday, but Hickey expressed only relief to reporters gathered outside the courtroom.

"We are thankful that the District Attorney's Office, after looking at all of the facts, agreed to drop

those charges against Mr. Springer," Hickey told the Marin IJ.

"Now that those accusations are behind him, Mr. Springer is looking

forward to moving on with his life as a productive and valuable member

of this community."

The victims can take some comfort in knowing that Springer, a San Rafael resident, has now been banned from the Fairfax and Marin's famers' markets.  Springer was busted walking around the downtown markets with a video camera tucked inside his sandal, which he then used to film up women's dresses and skirts. A Fairfax farmers' market employee says he saw Springer skulking around the market, and strategically placing his sandal in between women's legs.

After reviewing the camera that cops found in Springer's shoe, police concluded there were some 35 victims -- maybe even more. At the time Police Chief Chief Chris Morin called Springer a "pervert" and said he didn't want him around town.

A reporter from the Marin Independent Journal told us he attempted to take a photo of Springer outside the courtroom yesterday afternoon, but the photos didn't turn out well enough for publication. Bystanders outside the courtroom said that's probably because Springer quickly fled down the hall with his lawyer, so as not to be seen.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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