Minnehaha State’s Attorney On Shoe Cam Victim: ‘This has impacted her life…’
Former SF Teacher, Coach Sentenced To 4 Months In Jail, Electronic Monitoring
The former Roosevelt High School teacher and soccer coach, who admitted to taking photos and videos up women’s skirts at a Sioux Falls grocery store, changed his plea to guilty Friday morning. Dallas Wilkinson was then sentenced to four months in jail and to eight more months of electronic monitoring.
Wilkinson was charged with four counts of using a recording device without consent. Two of those counts were dropped as part of a plea agreement.
Two times a week for two years the former Social Studies Teacher admitted to using a shoe camera to look up women’s skirts.
“We’ve had cases in the past where there’s been violations in like a tanning booth or a dressing room. This is the first time we’ve seen a shoe camera,” Minnehaha County State’s Attorney Aaron McGowan said.
The manager of the HyVee on South Minnesota Avenue spotted his strange behavior in late June of last year. He was arrested in July after his car was spotted in the parking lot. Police found the camera after searching Wilkinson’s car and home. The photos and videos revealed he had been doing this at other retail locations as well.
McGowan said, “It’s hard to say where this addiction would have taken this defendant had law enforcement not stepped in.”
Before Wilkinson was sentenced, McGowan read a letter from one of the victims. She said what Wilkinson did was despicable and she will never forgive him.
“This has impacted her life as far as her comfort level going to businesses, what she wears to businesses. She wasn’t able to go to that grocery store for a period of time,” said McGowan.
Wilkinson himself also addressed the court. He told the judge that he has been attending counseling for sexual addiction.
McGowan said, “It appears the defendant is taking positive steps to work on that addiction and prevent this from happening in the future.”
Wilkinson says he lost his career and his wife has filed for divorce because of what he called his ‘selfish desires’.
“This is not a victimless crime. This is a real ordeal that these poor people had to go through and face and certainly his family are victims of his crimes and he has lost a lot because of these crimes,” said McGowan.
Wilkinson told the judge that he is ‘100 percent responsible for his actions and he takes ownership of all of them’. But prosecutors say they could only identify one victim, meaning there could be a lot more out there.
“We only had one named victim. We charged other counts as Jane Doe where we had footage of women that were obviously being preyed upon but we couldn’t identify those women.” McGowan said, “They will probably never know that they were a victim.”
For them, McGowan said, ‘ignorance is bliss’.
McGowan asked that Wilkinson receive the maximum punishment allowed in the plea deal, which was a year in jail. Instead, Wilkinson will spend four months behind bars. During that time, he will be allowed work release.
Wilkinson was ordered to have no contact with the victim and he is banned from the stores where the crimes were committed. He will also have to continue sexual addiction counseling for at least two years.