Former Summerhill winery employee pleads guilty to recording nudity in private place

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A former Summerhill Pyramid Winery employee pleaded guilty this morning to two counts of secretly observing and recording nudity in a private place and one count of attempting to prevent, defeat or obstruct justice.

Ian Leighton, 43, invaded the privacy of Summerhill winery employees by setting up a secret bathroom camera. He was arrested in August 2019.

He was originally charged with 13 counts of voyeurism, one count of obstruction of justice, three counts of making of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

According to Dan McLaughlin, communications counsel with the B.C. Prosecution Service, Leighton pleaded guilty today, March 12, and the matter has been adjourned until May 21 for the preparation of the pre-sentence report.

The sentencing date has not been set and Leighton is not in custody.

When news broke last summer, Summerhill CEO Ezra Cipes said the staff was working to get through the difficult time together.


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