Grand Haven Tribune: Ottawa County man sentenced for taking bathroom photos

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Ottawa County man sentenced for taking bathroom photos

By Audra Gamble/The Holland Sentinel • Mar 13, 2019 at 7:00 AM

A 19-year-old Holland Township man was sentenced to prison Monday for taking photographs of women using public restrooms.

Jarrid Nicholas Percy-Lahaie was sentenced to between 30 months and 10 years in a Michigan Department of Corrections prison by Ottawa County Circuit Judge Karen Miedema.

He previously pleaded guilty to two counts of capturing and distributing images of an unclothed person after he was caught taking cellphone pictures of a woman using the restroom at a Meijer store in the Holland area on Oct. 4, 2018. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed not to charge Percy-Lahaie for a similar incident.

Assistant Prosecutor Jay Tubergen said there were multiple victims of Percy-Lahaie’s actions, though none felt comfortable speaking in court about the incident.

“One of the victims said even though this was a quick offense, (it has had) lasting effects on her,” Tubergen said. “When she goes to the bathroom in public places, she becomes fearful if she sees feet under the other stalls.”

Before he was sentenced, Percy-Lahaie said he regrets what he did.

“I feel really sorry for what I did, and I wish I could apologize to these innocent women,” he said.

Along with the prison sentence, Miedema ordered Percy-Lahaie to undergo sex offender treatment. He was given credit for his 157 days spent in the Ottawa County Jail.

Percy-Lahaie’s criminal history includes pleading guilty to a home invasion in Muskegon in March 2017 and pleading guilty to two driving-related misdemeanors after failing to stop at a crash in Grand Haven in February 2017.

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