BRIGHAM CITY -- A former Box Elder County employee who played a large role in the construction of the Box Elder County Jail is now incarcerated there.
Former county building/fire inspector Andre Pommier, 56, was sentenced last week to 120 days in jail for dealing in material harmful to a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor, multiple counts of voyeurism and one count of theft.
Charges were filed in the spring after a family member reported finding graphic images on Pommier's computer.
According to the Brigham City Police report, Pommier secretly recorded a number of women and girls as they undressed to use a tanning bed located in the basement of his home. A personal computer, three thumb drives and some surveillance equipment was turned over to police in February.
The electronics were turned over to a forensics lab in Salt Lake City for analysis. The report indicated that at least 50 images and videos of females getting in and out of the tanning bed were on the computer's hard drive. At least two of those pictured were younger than 18 at the time of recording.
During an interview in mid-March, Pommier told police he turned on the video recorder in the morning before going to work and turned it off and reviewed the video each evening when he returned.
Pommier also told police there were pornographic images on the laptop issued to him by his employer, Box Elder County.
Among the videos discovered in his possession were three explicit videos removed from a co-worker's computer while she was in a meeting after hours. She later told police those videos were recorded in her office, on her lunch breaks.
Pommier had been employed by Box Elder County since 1990. According to the county personnel office, his employment was terminated on March 31, 2011, for "job-related" reasons.
He was later escorted to his home where police conducted a search. No other computer equipment was found.
Charges were filed against Pommier in April. He was originally charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second degree felony. One of those charges was later amended to dealing in material harmful to a minor, a third degree felony.
He was also charged with 13 counts of voyeurism by concealed or disguised electronic equipment, a class A misdemeanor; and a single count of theft, a class B misdemeanor, for the removal of files from his co-worker's computer.
In a negotiated plea deal, Pommier pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony of dealing in material harmful to a minor and was sentenced to no more than five years in Utah State Prison. hat sentence was suspended, and he instead will serve 120 days in Box Elder County Jail.
He also pleaded guilty to seven of the 13 counts of voyeurism and was sentenced to one year in the county jail per charge, all suspended. In addition, his six-month sentence on the theft charge was suspended.
Pommier is eligible for work release, and on completion of his term, he will remain on probation for three years.
His name will also be placed on the Utah Sex Offender Registry.