Marion man pleads guilty to videotaping women in a bathroom at his business

Wessels owns The Rut Bar and Grill in Cedar Rapids

A Marion man pleaded guilty Thursday to placing a video camera in the women's restroom at a Cedar Rapids bar that he owns.

Richard A. Wessels, 58, of Marion, filed written plea of guilty to invasion of privacy - nudity, a serious misdemeanor. Wessels  placed a video camera in the bathroom of his business, The Rut Bar and Grill at 6913 Mt. Vernon Road in April 2011.

According to a police report, the videotape recovered from the business included footage of an adult victim in partial nudity or full nudity, taken without their knowledge or consent. There was only one known victim. Wessels was arrested and charged in September 2012.

Sentencing is set May 16 in Linn County Associate District Court. Wessels faces up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $1,875.

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