Man sentenced in sexual child abuse case for recording children through their windows

A York man was sentenced to state prison on Tuesday for video recording two girls “in various states of undress” through their windows.

Carmelo Rodriguez, 55, of West Philadelphia Street, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of sexual child abuse and a misdemeanor charge of invasion of privacy in October in the York County Judicial Center.

In the interim between that guilty plea and Tuesday’s sentencing, Rodriguez was assessed to determine if he was a sexually violent predator.

Agents with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office conducting an investigation last summer discovered media files in a peer-to-peer network that they believed to depict child pornography. They tracked the computer’s IP address back to Rodriquez and searched his home in July.

Searches of the multiple computers and removable storage devices contained dozens of videos and photos of “apparent” pornography of children as young as 6 or 7 years old as well as the Peeping Tom videos that agents believe were recorded in 2011.

At Tuesday’s sentencing, Judge Michael E. Bortner was informed by the attorney general’s office that the assessment of Rodriguez determined he was not a sexually violent predator.

Still, Bortner said the “situation is deplorable in this court’s mind” and sentenced Rodriguez to 2 1/2 to five years in prison. He also ordered Rodriguez to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Rodriguez must register with the Pennsylvania State Police for the rest of his life because of the nature of the charges.