An Upper Sandusky man was sentenced to 47 months in prison Thursday morning for secretly videotaping a naked 15-year-old female.
Danny K. Mundy II, 38, of 336 S. Summit St., pleaded guilty June 15 to voyeurism and possessing criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies, and burglary, a third-degree felony. One charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, a second-degree felony, was dismissed.
Wyandot County Common Pleas Court Judge Kate Aubry sentenced Mundy to 11 months in prison on the voyeurism charge and 36 months on the burglary charged to be served consecutively. She also handed down an 11-month sentence for the possession of criminal tools charge to be served concurrently.
“The court finds that shocking, perverse and disgusting are all words which describe the defendant’s criminal conduct in this case,” Aubry said. “The defendant was a guest in the home of his victims and he repaid his best friend at the time by setting a video camera up in his minor daughter’s bedroom and recording her activities, as well as recording himself in her bedroom, smelling her underwear and fondling himself. The defendant stole a young girl’s privacy, innocence and the family’s trust.
“The defendant left his young victim in fear that will continue because of his selfish and criminal acts,” the judge added. “She needs freedom from this fear and the only way to achieve this is to put the defendant in a place where he does not have access to her and give her time to breathe easier and time to cope with what the defendant has done.”
Mundy apologized to the court.
“It’s impossible for me to say how sorry I am,” Mundy said. “The victim’s father was (like) a brother of mine and I’ve known him for so many years. The loss of him and his daughter from my life is one of the things that I will never be able to get over.”
According to the indictment, the incident occurred in January. At the time, Mundy was living in the home with the victim.
“Since all this started, I’ve lost so many things in my life, the biggest of which being the love and friendship of not only the victim, but the victim’s family,” Mundy said. “I’ve betrayed more than just the victim’s trust. I’ve betrayed the trust of my own family and this community. I made an egregious mistake and I’m willing to pay the time for it so I can move on with my life and get back to doing what I consider to be my best attribute and that’s being a good influence upon my children and trying to show them how much I love them and care for them and being there for them.”
Aubry was not moved by Mundy’s statement.
“The defendant offers lame excuses for what he did that are not supported by the facts,” the judge said. “The defendant shows no genuine remorse for the crimes. … He was deceptive with law enforcement when confronted and minimized his criminal actions.
“The court is saddened by the fact that when the defendant made his statement, he talked about how much he has lost, how he wishes to move on and what he won’t be able to forget,” Aubry added. “It would be beneficial if the defendant considered what his victim lost, how his victim will need to move on, but it will be difficult because of your actions, and how his victim will not be able to forget.”
Upper Sandusky Police Detective Tyler Howell testified that Mundy is seen in the video setting up the camera under the victim’s bed. Mundy smells a pair of the victim’s panties before exiting the room. The video also shows the victim entering the room wearing a towel, which she takes off and is shown nude. Mundy later comes back into the room to retrieve the hidden camera.
“The victim continues to cling to the story that he was simply trying to protect the victim from doing something wrong,” Wyandot County Prosecuting Attorney Jonathan Miller said. “The nature of what he did, focusing the camera and sniffing the underwear, show that this was for sexual gratification and belies his explanation. Of particular concern to the state is the fact that the defendant offered the victim alcohol.”
The victim’s father was in the courtroom. Marnie Hahn, a victim’s advocate, spoke to the court on behalf of the victim and her family.
“(Their statements) express extremely raw emotions about what they have been through … including blinding anger, repulsion, betrayal and probably the worst, a parent believing he failed to protect his child,” Hahn said.
Mundy received credit for 45 days already served in the Wyandot County Jail. He was arrested June 25 and released on bond June 27. Aubry revoked Mundy’s bond when he pleaded guilty and ordered him back to jail June 15, where he has remained.
Aubry also ordered Mundy to serve five years post-release control, not possess a camera or video recording device, provide a DNA sample and repay a $25 indigency application fee and court costs. Mundy has been labeled a Tier-I sex offender and will be required to register with the sheriff in any county where he lives, works, volunteers or pursues an education for 15 years.
By CHANDA NEELY