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JUDO INSTRUCTOR IS FINED FOR CAMERA IN LOCKER ROOM

A judo instructor has agreed to pay $300 in civil penalties and reimburse $2,000 to the state after students complained he had a video camera hidden in the women's locker room of his martial arts school, the state attorney general's office said.

Hector Negron, 45, of the Bronx admitted no wrongdoing when reaching the settlement with state Attorney General Dennis Vacco's office.

A 16-year-old female student at Negron's San Yama Bushi martial arts school in Mount Vernon reported a camera in a wall near the ceiling and a video monitor in Negron's office to police in June 1994, according to Vacco.

After local prosecutors declined to bring criminal charges against the instructor, the attorney general's office started a civil proceeding. It is illegal under state business laws to install a two-way mirror or another viewing device for "surreptitiously observing the interior of any fitting room, restroom, toilet, bathroom, washroom or shower."

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