A former Lewiston policeman who planted a camera in a women's locker room will be put on probation for a year before final sentencing, Wheatfield Town Justice Gary Strenkoski decided Tuesday night.
Alexander P. Ruckh, 32, pleaded guilty Nov. 5 to a misdemeanor – attempted second-degree unlawful surveillance – and resigned from the Lewiston Police Department, which he joined in December 2014.
He made three efforts to obtain nude images of a particular woman.
Niagara County District Attorney Caroline A. Wojtaszek said at the time of the plea that Ruckh's hidden camera efforts in the spring and summer of 2017 all failed, and the woman didn't even know she was being targeted.
Wojtaszek said Ruckh probably would have gotten away with it, except that he disclosed what he did to a State Police investigator during a job interview for a trooper position in November 2018.
Defense attorney Joseph M. LaTona said Strenkoski's choices for Ruckh next January include a year in jail, three years of probation or a conditional discharge.