Park voyeur to see inside of prison cell PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 09:16
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John Millinger (left) in court with his attorney. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
A former Wood County Park Ranger, who admitted he set up unauthorized surveillance equipment at parks and recorded images of sometimes nude women, was sentenced to 52 months in prison Tuesday for voyeurism, theft in office and tampering with evidence.
John Millinger, 27, of Millbury, formerly of Toledo, had little to say to the court when given his opportunity. There was no apology or any indication of his understanding of what he had done.
When asked by Wood County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Pollex if he wished to speak, he simply said, "No, your honor."
Millinger had set up unauthorized surveillance equipment at both Knight Preserve and Otsego Park and observed and downloaded images of 11 different females, many in a state of nudity.
One of his victims spoke at the sentencing. She had been viewed while changing at W.W. Knight Preserve, Perrysburg, by Millinger's hidden surveillance.
"Over the past year and a half, I have thought of a lot of things I want to say to you, but most are not appropriate in the courtroom setting," the victim said.
"What was supposed to be a happy day is now tarnished by your actions," she added.
She concluded her remarks telling Millinger, "You make me sick to my stomach just by seeing you. You disgust me."
Millinger's attorney, Jerome Phillips, told the judge Millinger had been a very successful man, and because of his actions "he has now lost his wife, lost his home, lost his job and lost the respect of his friends and family."
While not asking for a specific sentence, Phillips did remind the judge that the level of crimes does not normally require prison sentences because they are "lower on the scale." The attorney asked the judge for an appropriate sentence and noted how Millinger was getting treatment for his problems and that he "desires to continue treatment."
He told the judge that a review of the pre-sentence investigation shows that his client "is remorseful."
Heather Baker, a Wood County prosecuting attorney, disagreed strongly.
Baker reminded the judge how the defendant violated the court's orders after he was charged by using the Internet. He disregarded the judge by his continued visits to voyeurism sites even after he had been caught.
"He doesn't have a lot of respect for authority," she said. "He abused his power as a public official to commit these crimes."
Though the agreed upon sentence was 54 months, Pollex ordered only 52, which he explained as a change in sentencing laws.
In addition to the 30 months on the third-degree felony offense of tampering with evidence, the judge ordered 11 months each on three theft in office counts. Those were ordered to be served concurrently with each other and consecutive to the other charges. The fifth felony offense, a charge of voyeurism with a specification in regard to the victim being a minor, was also ordered to be an 11-month sentence to be served consecutively to bring the aggregate total to four years and four months.
Baker told the judge her office would not oppose Millinger being able to file for judicial release after he has served a minimum of six months.
Pollex said, "This is a tragedy for all concerned," noting the harm caused to the victims as well as what the defendant has lost.
Stressing the point, the judge repeated, "In a very real sense this is a tragedy."
The judge explained the need for consecutive sentences, noting: "This case is so unusual and the victims suffered great trauma, it requires consecutive sentences."
Millinger also was sentenced to 60 days in jail for each of the 10 misdemeanor counts of voyeurism to be served concurrently with each other and with the felony sentences.
Pollex also ordered the defendant to forfeit hisĀ  MacBook computer and iPod Touch which both contained the images.
He must also register as a Tier I sexual offender and was fined $500 plus court costs.
A Wood County Sheriff's deputy immediately took Millinger into custody.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 09:36
 

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