Hewitt sentenced to 4 years for video voyeurism

Published 12:21 am Thursday, May 30, 2013

VIDALIA Monterey resident Burton Jason Hewitt will serve four years in prison with hard labor after pleading no contest to two counts of video voyeurism Wednesday.

Seventh Judicial District Court Judge Glen Strong sentenced Hewitt to serve two consecutive terms of two years. By pleading no contest, Hewitt admitted the truth of the facts, but not his guilt.

Though his sentence includes hard labor, Hewitt may not serve his term in the state penitentiary, said Anthony Heidelberg, Hewitt’s lawyer. Hewitt was arrested and charged with video voyeurism in April 2012 after a 16-year-old female found numerous videos of herself taking a bath on Hewitt’s computer.

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“These actions are going to cause a lifetime of damage to the victim,” Strong said.

Hewitt can appeal the charges in the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal.

Heidelberg said the family declined to comment on the case.

Strong — a retired Fifth Judicial District judge — is hearing cases in Concordia Parish during the suspension of Judge Leo Boothe.

Boothe is serving a one-year suspension for actions ruled inappropriate related to a 2002 criminal case.