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Ultrasound Tech Gets Prison For Sneaked Pix

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A former ultrasound technician from Willard, Ohio, was sentenced this week to eight years in prison for secretly photographing and videotaping girls as they undressed to undergo procedures at the imaging clinic where he worked.

Jaime Aguirre, 44, was arrested in October 2009 when police, during a routine traffic stop, found more than 200 still and video images of partially clothed female patients on his cell phone and digital storage devices.

When he worked for two years at Advanced Medical Imaging in Tiffin, Ohio, Aguirre used a concealed wireless camera to record some of the images. He was fired after his arrest.

Some of the images were taken during ultrasound and X-ray procedures, according to The Advertiser-Tribune newspaper of Tiffin.

Seneca County Prosecutor Derek DeVine had recommended a sentence of 21 years. At the sentencing hearing, he said:

He created in our community suspicion and fear for people going to a physician’s office. If someone takes images of 12 kids, the person who’s doing that needs to know they’re going to do a lengthy prison term.

Several victims and parents of victims spoke at the hearing. One woman said Aguirre inappropriately touched her during an examination. The experience, she said, has made her uneasy and fearful in dressing rooms. “I want to keep him in jail so he doesn’t do anything like this to anyone else,” she said.

Aguirre was sentenced to concurrent eight-year prison terms for each of 12 counts of using a minor in nudity-oriented material, a second-degree felony. He also received a concurrent term of six months for voyeurism, a first-degree misdemeanor, for photographs involving adults. After his release from prison, he will have to register as a sex offender for 25 years.

DeVine said determining an appropriate sentence was difficult because Aguirre hadn’t physically harmed any of the patients and apparently had reserved the images for his own use instead of distributing them or posting them online.

The prosecutor said Aguirre never accepted legal responsibility for his actions. “He’s shown no remorse or apologized to these victims,” Devine said.

Aguirre’s lawyer, Jonathan Stotzer, said the defendant had chosen a bench trial (before a judge only) instead of a jury trial in order to reduce emotional stress for the victims.

Aguirre did not make a statement at the sentencing hearing, but Stotzer said his client planned to appeal the sentence.

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