A Puyallup man who admitted taking so-called “up-skirt” videos of unknowing girls and women was sentenced Friday to three years, 10 months in prison.
Nicholas Shreck will have to register as a sex offender after he completes his sentence.
Shreck, 36, called his actions stupid and deceitful before Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson handed down the sentence.
“I was high on meth for three days before this incident, and I just wasn’t thinking correctly,” Shreck said. “I did a really stupid thing.”
He then read from a letter in which he apologized to his victims, including a 16-year-old girl.
“I wish to express my sincerest and most heartfelt remorse for dishonorably denigrating the morals and innocence of my victims,” Shreck said.
Police said Shreck concealed a small camera in a shopping basket and used it to record videos and photographs of women and girls at the South Hill Mall and other businesses.
He was caught in August when a loss-prevention officer at the mall spotted him acting suspiciously.
Shreck admitted to police he’d taken inappropriate images and in October pleaded guilty to two counts of voyeurism and one count of possessing child pornography.
A state Department of Corrections investigator who compiled a pre-sentence report on Shreck talked to the mother of Shreck’s 16-year-old victim. The woman said her daughter “was shook up when this all first happened, but she’s OK now,” the report shows.
The woman also said she and her daughter were glad Shreck was going to be incarcerated for several years, the report shows.
Cuthbertson also ordered Shreck to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation and to stay away from places where children congregate once he’s released from prison.