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Lewiston Police officer resigns over unlawful surveillance

Resignation is part of plea deal
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Posted at 2:57 PM, Nov 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-15 16:23:12-05

LEWISTON, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Lewiston Police officer, accused of filming a woman changing her clothes without her consent, has now resigned from the force. According to the Niagara County District Attorney's Office, Alexander Ruckh's resignation comes as part of a plea deal.

On Friday, 32-year-old Ruckh pleaded guilty to Attempted Unlawful Surveillance in the Second Degree, a class “A” misdemeanor in Town of Wheatfield Court. A statement released by the D.A.'s office reads in part, "Although the crime of Unlawful Surveillance in the Second Degree may be committed by any efforts to record an individual in certain private circumstances, the investigation revealed that no images of the acquaintance, or any other individual, were successfully captured. When the information was ultimately brought to the attention of investigators over a year and a half later, in the Fall of 2018, there was no footage containing the victim or any other individual in a private setting located."

According to documents obtained by 7 Eyewitness News last January, 32-year-old Ruckh used his iPhone 6 to try and record the victim changing clothes in the female locker room at the Upper Mountain Fire Company on Moyer Road in the Town of Lewiston.

The Niagara County District Attorney's Office says Ruckh video recorded one victim changing her clothes in a locker room on three or four occasions from Spring 2017 to Summer 2017.

Ruckh is set to be sentenced on January 21, 2020.