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Amherst man who secretly videotaped girls gets six months in jail

An Amherst man who police said secretly videotaped two girls at the homes of two families he was friendly with was sentenced Monday to six months in the Erie County Correctional Facility, followed by five years’ probation.

Prakash Rajyaguru, 46, also was ordered to register as a Level 1 sex offender under state law and to comply with more than 40 conditions of probation.

Among the conditions, set by Erie County Judge Michael F. Pietruszka, Rajyaguru was ordered to have no contact with anyone younger than 18 and to enroll in a sex offender treatment program.

In addition, Rajyaguru will be subject to warrantless searches by probation officers to make sure he is complying with all the terms of his probation.

The judge also issued orders of protection directing him to avoid any contact with the victims for eight years.

Rajyaguru had pleaded guilty to two felony counts of second-degree unlawful surveillance for secretly videotaping the two girls, who were between 11 and 13 years old, last summer.

Authorities said the defendant placed the video recording devices in two Amherst residences. One of the girls noticed the device and told her parents about it. They then contacted police who arrested Rajyaguru in September.

The parents of both victims reportedly agreed to the guilty plea to the highest possible charge as well as the split sentence of jail and probation.

Prosecutors said there was no evidence of any other victims.