COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A local, former priest, who was caught recording a woman on his cell phone while she was trying on clothes in a fitting room, learned his fate Wednesday night.
Adam Egan was sentenced to three years probation as well as time spent in rehab.
Around 3:40 p.m. on December 23, 2015, Egan attempted to take a video recording of a woman in the changing room of a Salvation Army in Latham. He pleaded guilty to one count of Attempted Unlawful Surveillance in the Second Degree in May.
Supporters, including fellow priests, were in attendance at his sentencing.
“A lot of people in things like that, on an allegation or even a conviction, will walk away from him,” Egan’s defense attorney Steve Coffey said. “But the Episcopal Church has been very solidly behind him.”
Coffey said Egan is aware what he did was wrong and called it an “unfortunate incident,” but he said Egan is “a happily married man.”
“He didn’t violate anybody,” Coffey said. “I understand what he did was wrong. I’m not denying that, but there’s no crime of violence or children involved. There’s no pedophilia. There’s no claim by the probation department or by anybody that he’s a risk to anyone.”
As Egan faced the judge, Coffey went through a long list of general conditions arguing the definition or pornography.
“Pornography is not illegal, so millions of people in America – nobody here, of course, is possessing pornography – go to adult shops,” he said. “What pornography means anymore I don’t know.”
Egan currently lives in Pennsylvania where he will be receiving mental health treatment along with his probation.
Coffey said Egan is still a priest and is in good standing with St. Stephens. Egan also does not have to register as a sex offender.