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Dacula man sentenced for eavesdropping

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Dacula man who admitted in Gwinnett Superior Court this week to planting a video camera in his stepdaughter's bedroom was sentenced to three-years confinement but will be allowed out to work.

Christopher Belcore, 63, was charged in January 2010 with using a camera embedded in a Sony alarm clock to surreptitiously record five VHS tapes of a woman who temporarily lived with him and his wife in Lawrenceville.

The camera recorded the woman's personal dressing room between May and July 2008. The victim, then 31, told police she'd stumbled on the tapes while moving out of the home, police have said.

Belcore pleaded guilty this week to unlawful eavesdropping and surveillance and a separate count of possession, sale and distribution of eavesdropping devices. He was booked Wednesday at the Gwinnett County Jail.

Lindsay Gardner, Assistant District Attorney, said Belcore was sentenced under the work-release program, meaning he'll be in constant confinement but will be allowed out to work. Jail records list Belcore's occupation as an insurance agent.

Belcore was sentenced as a first offender, with the stipulation he has "absolutely no contact with the victim and her mother," Gardner said.

Belcore's attorney did not return a call for comment.

The victim told investigators she was initially hesitant to come forward, as she wasn't sure Belcore's acts were a crime, but ultimately decided to speak out.

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