For four years, beginning when she was just 13 years old, Madison Reed lived her life in front of cameras – only she did know about because her neighbor had secretly planted recording devices in her room.
The Beaverton, Oregon, girl, who is now 18 years old, only found out about the outrageous violation of her privacy six months ago when he mother discovered a tiny camera stashed under a heap of papers in her bedroom.
On Tuesday, 48-year-old-old Bradley McCollum, a one-time friend of the Reed family, pleaded guilty in Washington County circuit court to charges of burglary and invasion of personal privacy – both misdemeanors.
As part of a plea deal, he is expected to be sentenced March 10 to two years in prison – a decision the victim and her parents have decried as a ‘slap on the wrist.’
Prosecutors said they did not have enough evidence to prove he was guilty of a sex crime, which means that upon his release McCollum will not be required to register as a sex offender.
Speaking to KGW this week, Madison and her parents said McCollum is getting off too easy considering the heinousness of the crime, and all because under state law recording a minor with a hidden camera is not a felony.
‘It doesn’t make sense at all because I don’t know why it’s not child pornography,’ Madison said. ‘I was underage at the time and the intent of what he did was so obvious.