A man who spent 21 years as a custodian in the P.H.M. schools will spend the next 15 years in prison for committing crimes while on the job.
Robert Troup today was sentenced on a federal child pornography charge for hiding a video recording device inside a locker, in the boy’s locker room at Penn High School (from Dec. 27th 2010 to Jan. 12th, 2011).
A tearful Robert Troup today told the judge he made a mistake, and let his “community down.”
Troup was once a Penn High School student himself, who joined the U.S. Navy before graduating.
As a custodian at Penn in December of 2010, Troup admits he put a camera in a locker in the boy’s locker room to capture nude photos of members of the swim team.
Troup admits he “checked the camera,” and occasionally “positioned” it, but Troup’s attorney stressed that Troup never saw the video the device had captured, and never shared those images.
That’s when the judge interrupted, asking, “Isn’t that because the boys found it and took the memory card?”
The defense replied, “Yes.”
The prosecution couldn’t say for sure if this was the first time Troup had ever tried such a thing, but added its’ investigator was “surprised” that an examination of Troup’s home computer failed to find any child pornography.
District Judge Jon DeGuilio called Troup’s crimes “outrageous” and “truly shocking.” He reminded Troup that a life sentence had been possible under the terms of Troup’s original criminal indictment.
Troup is now 54 years old and will be 67 by the time he’s eligible to be released from prison. If Troup does get out, the first 20 years of his release will be “supervised.”
Although Troup’s 15 year sentence is the mandatory minimum for the child pornography charge in question, not a single victim voiced an objection. Court documents identify a total of 21 victims in this case. The prosecution speculated that victims and their families simply wanted to put the matter behind them.
One parent did fill out a written “Victim Impact Statement,” and as a result, was awarded $1,100 in restitution during today’s court session.
Troup had originally been charged in state court with three counts of D felony Voyeurism. Those charges were dropped, when the federal indictment was issued. The Voyeurism charges would have each carried a maximum penalty of six months to three years behind bars.
In the end, today’s 15 year sentence was deemed appropriate primarily because Troup’s guilty plea spared the students from having to testify at a trial.