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Creepy Border Patrolman Sentenced to Prison

SAN DIEGO (CN) - Former Border Patrol Supervisor Armando Gonzalez was sentenced Monday to 21 months in federal prison for putting a hidden camera in a floor drain of the women's rest room at the Chula Vista Border Patrol station.

Gonzalez, 47, of El Cajon, pleaded guilty in May to making a false statement to a federal official and seven counts of video voyeurism.

U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez, who sentenced him, called his actions "shocking" and "egregious." U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy called it "despicable behavior."

The prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alessandra Serano, asked for a harsh sentence, telling the judge the camera was in the drain for about 18 months and that Gonzalez spent a lot of time editing, naming and saving the videos.

In his plea agreement, "Gonzalez acknowledged that he captured video images of the unclothed private parts of seven women - all federal employees - who used the bathroom between July 24, 2013 and April 11, 2014. The videos were as short as 24 seconds and as long as nine minutes, 17 seconds," Duffy's office said in a statement.

Gonzalez could have been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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