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Prolific peeping tom sentenced to 10 years

Thursday - 7/7/2011, 10:38am  ET

WASHINGTON - A prolific peeping tom pleaded guilty on Wednesday to multiple charges after police say he secretly took nude photos of hundreds of unsuspecting women.

Prosecutors say 35-year-old Charles Novak had 2,282 video clips of 260 different women. Some of the women have been identified, but many have not.

Novak, who's been in jail since January, was sentenced to ten years in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court on Wednesday and ordered to register as a sex offender.

The Crofton man was arrested in December after a woman told police she found a man sitting in a car in her garage. Officers searched the area and found Novak, who had a camera with videos of nude women who didn't appear to be aware they were being recorded.

Prosecutors say Novak used sophisticated camera equipment to record women doing ordinary things like undressing for bed, getting out of the shower, or sleeping. He got to know their routines and would film them from outside their homes, or sometimes sneak inside.

A search of Novak's home turned up camera equipment, a computer and hard drives. Police also found 27 pairs of women's underwear, including bras and panties they say he stole from the homes of women he was spying on.

Novak's attorney says his client is obsessive-compulsive, knows he needs help, and wants to get help.

WTOP's Michelle Basch contributed to this report. Follow Michelle Basch and WTOP on Twitter.

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