Frame shop owner convicted in hidden camera case

I was wondering, what happened to the case of Tom Houston, who was caught filming women in the bathroom at the restaurant next door to his frame shop. Was his case dropped?

— No name given, via fax.

No, the case wasn't dropped, but it appears the Mail Tribune never reported that Thomas Michael Houston was sentenced to community service and probation in July 2015 after admitting to five misdemeanor counts of invasion of personal privacy.

Houston, who owned Houston's Custom Framing and Fine Art located next to Pangea restaurant, was arrested in July 2014 following an investigation that began when a restaurant employee using the unisex bathroom spotted a hidden camera.

The employee told the Mail Tribune at the time of Houston's arrest that she spotted a camera lens in a hole in the wall connected to the frame shop, pushed the small camera out of view and contacted police. The hole in the wall connected to Houston's frame shop.

On July 21, 2015, Houston was sentenced in Jackson County Circuit Court to 80 hours of community service, three years of probation, to have no contact with Pangea and to undergo treatment as deemed necessary by a probation officer.  Court records show he complied with his community service sentence by August 2015, and has not violated his probation in any way since the conviction.

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