RIDGEWOOD -- A 67-year-old author who spun a real-life scenario of buying clothing for a teenaged woman who worked in his house so that he could secretly photograph her in revealing outfits was sentenced Friday to three years probation.
The sentencing judge also signed a permanent restraining order keeping Nicholas Sunday from the young woman’s home or future places of employment.
Sunday hid a camera in a clock radio in a bathroom, then modified the furnishings to get better angles, Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Brian Sinclair told Superior Court Judge Margaret M. Foti in Hackensack.
He also bought dresses, lingerie, bras and underwear for the victim, who he said usually tried them on over her clothes, Sinclair said.
Among the videos seized by detectives last October is one in which she clearly expresses surprise after entering the bathroom and "there was a mirror standing in front of the shower,” the prosecutor said.
A later video shows a clip lamp obviously positioned to add light, he said.
Sunday "basically created a runway for her to be photographed on,” Sinclair said.
He also filmed her using the toilet more than once, he said.
Eventually, the woman caught on.
“You can see her come over to the radio and peer into the camera eye,” Sinclair told Daily Voice. “There is audio, so you can hear her confront Sunday angrily as she figured out what had been going on.”
The girl then ran from the house in her bare feet and called Ridgewood police.
Sunday fled, eventually winding up at the Valley Hospital with chest pains, but the call prompted an investigation that turned up the secret recordings.
Police said they also found evidence during an extensive search of the area surrounding the house.
Sunday, who has since moved to Prospect Park, turned himself in to police in January to face charges of invasion of privacy and destroying evidence.
In exchange for probation, he pleaded guilty today to fourth-degree stalking.
The judge ordered him to report to the Bergen County Probation Department after the hearing, explaining to him in detail the ramifications of the permanent restraining order.
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