Electrician who placed hidden camera in Chester bathroom sentenced to state prison

Chester. Joseph Krenicky admitted to keeping video files of the homeowner as she stepped into and out of the shower, and using those video files for his own sexual gratification. He was also sentenced for having committed a similar offense in New Jersey.

19 Feb 2020 | 03:24

Joseph Krenicky, 48, of Glenwood, N.J., was sentence by Orange County Court Judge Craig Stephen Brown to one to three years in state prison in connection with having installed a hidden camera in the bathroom of a Chester woman who had hired Krenicky to perform electrical work.

Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler announced the sentence on Tuesday.

On Aug. 29, 2019, Krenicky pleaded guilty to second-degree unlawful surveillance. He admitted that he had installed a hidden camera in the bathroom of the Town of Chester home. He admitted to keeping video files of the homeowner as she stepped into and out of the shower, and using those video files for his own sexual gratification.

Krenicky has been sentenced to three years in state prison for having committed a similar offense in New Jersey. The New York sentence was ordered to run concurrently with the prison sentence in New Jersey. Additionally, Krenicky was ordered to register as a sex offender.

The case in Orange County began after the New Jersey State Police executed a search warrant at Krenicky’s home in Glenwood. Video files of those Krenicky had surreptitiously recorded were recovered from his computer.

District Attorney Hoovler thanked the Town of Chester Police Department for their investigation and the arrest of Krenicky.

“State prison sentences are the best deterrent to those who might be tempted to use technology to invade the privacy of others," said Hoovler. “Homeowners must necessarily allow contractors and others into their home to perform work. Those who abuse their ability to access homes to use technology to invade the privacy of unsuspecting victims deserve incarceration. I commend the collaborative efforts of the New Jersey State Police and the Town of Chester Police in investigating this case and for the arrest of this defendant.”

Hoovler commended Assistant District Attorney Alexis Gregory, who prosecuted the case.