Hidden camera in YMCA locker room nets voyeurism charge for ex-worker

A former Fredericton YMCA employee, charged with voyeurism in connection with a video camera being installed in the men's and boys' locker room, may avoid a criminal record.

Hugh James Clifford Croll, 53, of Fredericton, may avoid criminal record through alternative measures program

A former Fredericton YMCA employee, charged with voyeurism in connection with a video camera being installed in the men's and boys' locker room, may avoid a criminal record.

Hugh James Clifford Croll, 53, is accused of surreptitiously making a visual recording of people who had a reasonable expectation of privacy.

The voyeurism charge stems from a video camera being discovered in the men's and boys' locker room at the Fredericton YMCA. (CBC)
Crown prosecutor Hilary Drain and defence lawyer Ron Morris have agreed to deal with the charge through the so-called alternative measures program.

Croll has been offered a diversionary sentence, which could include community service, or letter of apology, allowing him to avoid a criminal record.

YMCA CEO Barb Ramsay says she believes that there was no sexual intent involved — a position also argued by Croll's lawyer.

"It was difficult for everyone," Ramsay told CBC News. Croll "did accept alternate measures. He no longer works for us. It wasn't his decision to leave," she said, without divulging what position he held.

"We are happy that the incident is now concluded. No one else is being pursued in regards to this."

Judge Mary Jane Richard has set the matter over until Feb. 12 to give Croll time to complete his diversionary sentence.  The charge could then be withdrawn.

The offence is alleged to have occurred between Oct. 1, 2011 and July 31, 2012.

The matter became public in April 2014.

New accreditation process

"Some months ago, when this matter first came to our attention, the YMCA of Fredericton was limited in what we could communicate, given the police investigation that ensued," Ramsay and board president Lincoln Thompson said in a statement to YMCA Fredericton members and stakeholders earlier this week.

"In an effort to assure ourselves, our valued members, donors, staff and stakeholders that a situation like this could never happen again, our association has committed to the Imagine Canada accreditation process  a rigorous process that involves strengthening practices and public confidence in the non profit sector in Canada," it stated.

"Like many other YMCAs in Canada, we will be demonstrating that 73 standards in five focus areas are being met including board governance, financial accountability and transparency, fund raising, staff management and volunteer involvement.

"Additionally, we have adopted best practices regarding 'Proper Use of Video Surveillance' as provided by the New Brunswick Office of the Access to Information and Privacy Commissioner."

The Fredericton YMCA has 6,200 members.