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Police: Barclay secretly videotaped “100 to 500” sexual encounters with hidden camera network


Former commissioner's attorney: Footage shows rape charge unfounded


By staff reports, April 9, 2008


Last updated: Wednesday, April 9, 2008 12:29 PM EDT


State police say former Cumberland County commissioner Bruce Barclay videotaped hundreds of sexual encounters — many with male escorts — using cameras hidden throughout his Monroe Township home.


Police say the sexual encounters were videotaped without the knowledge of the participants, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed Tuesday with Magisterial District Judge Susan Day. Court documents say cameras were installed in January of 2007.


Investigators are searching items seized from Barclay's residence a second time in relation to a rape investigation.


Reading a prepared statement, Barclay's attorney, Matthew Gover, said although he and Barclay do not agree with everything in the affidavit, “It is clear in my client’s private life he has made an error of judgment. What is striking is this very same lack of judgment exonerates him from a rape allegation that wasn’t going anywhere.”


Gover emphasized the Barclay’s misjudgment never extended into his role as a county commissioner, which he said Barclay “always handled with honor.” Multimedia : Timeline


Bruce Barclay's career

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A look at Bruce Barclay's career.





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Bruce Barclay's home in Monroe Township. Michael Bupp/The Sentinel




Videotaping and the law




Laws involving videotaping individuals without their knowledge can differ based on a number of circumstances that may be involved in a particular instance.





According to Cumberland District Attorney David Freed, a major distinction between what is considered a felony and what is considered a misdemeanor is whether or not the footage contains sound.





“The distinction is made with the interception of oral communication and video,” Freed said. “If it does contain sound, it is a wire tap violation, and that is considered a felony of the third degree. If it is just video, it is considered a third-degree misdemeanor if there is only one violation or a second-degree misdemeanor if there is more than one, and there’s usually more than one.”





Second-degree misdemeanors have a maximum sentence of two years for each violation.





Among violations involving only video, there is also another distinction between filming a public act and a private act.





If a person is filmed walking down the street, there is no violation, according to Freed. That, however, does not include “upskirting,” where people film underneath the skirts of women walking in a public area.





“It was sort of a new thing, and there wasn’t a law for it before,” Freed said. “There was a case in Cumberland County that changed that law in 2005, to take effect in January 2006. There was a man who was filming women at the Capital City Mall, but the charges were dropped, and the woman wasn’t happy with that result. We got that law changed.”





The law now includes a section prohibiting the videotaping of intimate body parts, even if they are covered.





For violations involving a private area, such as a home, it is not illegal to own security cameras or to tape those visiting the household without notifying them of the cameras.





What does make the security camera footage illegal is when what is being filmed is sexual in nature, according to Freed.





The Invasion of Privacy law states that a person commits an offense when filming someone without his/her knowledge and using the videotapes or photography for sexual gratification, recording a person in full or partial nudity or filming someone who has a reasonable expectation of privacy. Taping sexual acts without consent would also fall into this category as a violation of privacy.





— Naomi Creason, The Sentinel

Neighbors react


Nobody answered the door at Barclay’s residence early today.


When informed of the new allegations, Gene Hertzler, a neighbor of Barclay’s, said he still stands behind the former county commissioner.


“My opinion of Bruce has not changed,” said Hertzler, who lives at 262 Brindle Road in Monroe Township.


He had been inside Barclay’s house several times, for Christmas and Superbowl parties.


The other side of the story, he thinks, has not come out.


“I still think the community will respect him at the end of the day.”


‘Hiring of prostitutes’


According to court documents, Trooper Bryan R. Henneman said he “received information prior to the search warrant that Barclay had been involved in the hiring of prostitutes.”


During a subsequent interview, Henneman said Barclay admitted to hiring prostitutes on a weekly basis at his residence in Monroe Twp.”


The affidavit describes several such encounters with an Internet escort service known as “harrisburgfratboys.com.” Court documents indicate Barclay twice flew a 19-year-old man referred to as “W.M.” to his West Palm Beach home. During a trip last month, “W.M” told investigators that Barclay flew a male prostitute from Binghamton, N.Y., and paid that man $1,500.


Hidden camera network


The affidavit describes a hidden camera network that included cameras hidden in a bathroom, bedrooms and “indoor recreational areas.” Cameras were hidden inside AM/FM radios, motion detectors and intercom speaker systems, court documents say.


During an interview with Barclay, Henneman said he “admitted to using the cameras to record sexual encounters.” Police say Barclay saved between 100 and 500 encounters on his computer system.


According to court documents “Barclay stated that no one else was aware of the hidden cameras and also that no one else was aware that the sexual encounters were videotaped or gave him permission to videotape the encounters.”


Business camera


Henneman said Barclay also admitted to having a camera installed at his business along the 500 block of North York Street in Mechanicsburg. According to court documents, Barclay told Henneman that one sexual encounter was filmed on that camera, which also fed into his home computer network.


Barclay told Henneman that “at least” five additional males were filmed having sex “who were unaware that they were being filmed.”


Police seeking help


Barclay is the focus of the investigation, according to court documents.


Trooper Karl Schmidhamer said the state police are asking anyone who “feels they may have been a victim” of illegal acts inside Barclay’s home to call 1-866-898-8477. No charges have been filed against Barclay, he stressed.


The search warrant was obtained from Day’s office. The warrant has not been sealed and police say “it contains probable cause to further an investigation into invasion of privacy and prostitution.”


Barclay resigned April 2 after his home was searched upon the news of allegations of a March 30 rape at his home.



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I'd put McCurdy on the work bench...







Barclay rape accuser charged with making false statements


Attorney General: hidden cameras exonerate former commissioner


By Staff Reports, April 10, 2008


Last updated: Thursday, April 10, 2008 6:06 PM EDT

A 20-year-old Berks County man has been charged with making a false rape report against former Republican Cumberland County Commissioner Bruce Barclay, according to Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett.


Corbett announced this afternoon that William Marshall McCurdy, of the 1100 block of Alleghenyville Road, Mohnton, faces charges of making false reports to law enforcement authorities and unsworn falsifications to authorities.


The former is a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine, Corbett said, and the latter is a third-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a $2,500 fine.


Those charges mean that “the specific rape allegation that we were investigating was not a rape but was consensual sex,” said Kevin Harley, a spokesman for Corbett’s office.


However, Harley said, the Barclay investigation continues, and anyone who “feels they may have been a victim” of illegal acts inside Barclay’s home to call the state police hotline at 1-866-898-8477. To date, no charges have been filed against Barclay.

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William McCurdy


Corbett said state police executed a search warrant at Barclay’s home in Monroe Township early the morning of March 31, based on McCurdy's statements that Barclay had raped him several hours earlier.


According to court documents, evidence seized during the search of Barclay’s home, including video surveillance footage, appears to contradict the official statements provided to law enforcement by McCurdy about the alleged rape. The videos allegedly show consensual sexual activity between the two individuals, with no signs of distress or force, as claimed by McCurdy.


On Tuesday, prosecutors filed documents indicating that Barclay, 48, had a system of secret videocameras installed in his home and business used to tape hundreds of sexual encounters.


Gover, Barclay’s attorney, said the case “was never a rape charge” and “clearly wasn’t supported, as I said earlier.”


Although Barclay, as a prominent person, did things he probably shouldn’t have done, Gover said, the tapes “were a double-edged sword.”


“At least he won’t face a rape prosecution,” Gover said. However, he admitted that Barclay may face other prosecution.


Corbett said the case was referred to his office by Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed because of a potential conflict of interest. It will be prosecuted in Cumberland County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Jonelle Harter Eshbach of the Attorney General’s Public Corruption Unit.


McCurdy was preliminarily arraigned Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Margaret Brea, who is substituting for Mechanicsburg Magisterial District Judge Mark W. Martin, then lodged in Cumberland County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.


McCurdy’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 14 before Brea, Corbett said.

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>Uh ... have you seen his pictures? While I wouldn't object

>to seeing the videos of the frat boys, this guy looks like the

>love child of Goldfinger and Drew Carey. Blech!


LOL - I see the resemblance. I have heard plenty of stories over the years about him but I never thought it would end up like this. B

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>And he's a Republican at that!


Eeewww! :+


McCurdy is kinda cute, but now that he's pretty much a proven blackmailer is anybody dumb enough to ever hire him again? The Republican's hypocrisy is no longer the least bit unusual, but I hope they the cops throw the book at this conniving little cunt.

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I hope they the cops throw the book at this conniving

>little cunt.


Which conniving little cunt? The Blackmailer or the Guy with the hidden cameras? BTW, the escort world is chattering avout the siezed videos. Many a boy that I have seen has been to both the FL House and the PA House.

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