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Man who secretly filmed teen gets 2 years in prison and probation
April 12, 2017
One girl's nightmare did not reach a satisfactory ending for her or her family after a family friend secretly filmed her for four years, according to KGW.
Bradley McCollum, a friend of Madison Reed's parents, secretly placed cameras in her bedroom and in his beach house where the family often vacationed together. Investigators told the court that McCollum set up the camera at his beach house in 2010 and then in 2014 he placed another camera in the bedroom at her own home, according to KGW.
"My world was upside down," said Madison's father, Clark Reed. "That's like your brother or something. I mean, we were looking for every excuse to think it was someone else until we had proof."
McCollum was sentenced in early 2015 to two years in prison and three years of probation. He faced charges of burglary and invasion of privacy. While his sentence came as part of a plea agreement, Reed's family does not think he got enough jail time.
"It's a slap on the wrist," said Clark Reed.
Despite having filmed Madison while she was underage, McCollum did not face any felony charges because of a loophole in Oregon state laws. Oregon code 165.540 simply states that it is a misdemeanor to secretly tape communication if the recorder is not a participant, according to the Oregon State Code.
McCollum would have been charged with a felony if he had encouraged Madison to perform sexual acts on camera, according to Oregon State Law 163.686.
"It doesn't make sense at all because I don't know why it's not child pornography, I was underage at the time and the intent of what he did was so obvious," Madison said according to KGW.
As a result of the ruling in this case, new legislation is being proposed that would make "invasion of personal privacy" a felony if the victim is under 18. Additionally, guilty parties would have to register as sex offenders, according to KGW.