Probation for Albany rector on Peeping Tom charge

A former Albany rector has been sentenced to three years probation on a Peeping Tom charge, but was spared having to register as a sex offender in the State of New York. In addition to probation, Colonie, New York town justice Norman Massry on 18 Aug 2016 ordered the Rev. Adam Egan (35) to pay costs of $255, forbad him from possessing pornography, set restrictions on his use of social media and the internet. On 23 May 2016 Egan entered a guilty plea before the town magistrate to one count of Attempted Unlawful Surveillance in the Second Degree. On 23 December 2015 he attempted to videotape a woman changing in a store dressing room. A customer at a Salvation Army thrift shop noticed a camera emerging from behind the curtain in her dressing room and called security. Egan fled, but was arrested shortly thereafter by police. Following his arrest the Rt. Rev. William Love, Bishop of Albany, placed Egan on indefinite Administrative Leave, during which time he was forbidden to function as a priest or to wear clerical dress. Egan was received by Bishop Love from the Polish National Catholic Church in February 2010 and has served as rector of St Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Delmar, NY until his arrest.  Egan’s attorney told the court his client regretted and admitted his guilt.  After he entered his guilty plea in May, the Diocese of Albany released a statement saying Egan would face “Title IV Ecclesiastical Discipline in accordance with the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church”upon the conclusion of criminal proceedings. “Fr. Egan remains on Administrative Leave with the restrictions on his ordained ministry still in effect. The future of his ordained ministry will be dependent on the outcome of the Title IV Ecclesiastical Disciplinary proceedings,” the diocesan statement noted.

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