Bulletin Staff Report

The owner of Fins Scuba & Water Sports in Bend will go to jail for trying to film an employee he was attracted to with a camera hidden in the store bathroom.

Dennis James Snyder, 65, was in Deschutes County Circuit Court on Friday for sentencing, and was given five days in jail, 100 hours community service and two years probation for pleading no contest to one count of attempted invasion of privacy.

Snyder’s case began in late May after a 20-year-old employee of Fins Scuba & Water Sports found a wireless camera concealed under a towel in the shop’s bathroom and told police. He’d spotted a blinking red light.

The victim confronted Snyder, who apologized, according to District Attorney John Hummel.

Snyder and the victim later spoke on the phone, this time with Bend Police officers listening in. Again Snyder admitted to attempting to film the younger man.

Snyder later confirmed to police that he’d purchased the camera and hid it in order to film the employee, who he said he was attracted to, according to Hummel’s office.

Snyder was originally charged with one count of first-degree invasion of privacy, a felony. The charge he accepted responsibility for was Class C misdemeanor.

He was represented by Bend defense attorney Erick Ward.