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Mount Vernon man gets jail for videotaping girl
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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

A Mount Vernon man was sentenced to 210 days in the Davison County jail for sexual exploitation of a minor.

Adam Heidinger, 29, was given a 60-day jail sentence to be served immediately. He will also be given three 30-day jail sentences to be served each year on Dec. 15, starting in 2014. Another 60-day sentence will be served on May 1, 2017, and probation periods will be in place between the sentences.

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Heidinger admitted to secretly recording a juvenile female in November while she took a shower and the video involved nudity. He pleaded guilty to the crime May 6.

Heidinger will be required to register on the South Dakota sex offender registry, pay a $2,500 fine, court costs and restitution in the matter, including counseling costs for the victim. A two-year sentence in the state penitentiary was suspended.

He will be allowed to participate in a work-release program five days a week. As part of the sentencing, the victim and the members of her family spoke on the impact of the crime.

"He completely ruined my trust in people and I don't know how I'll get that back," the victim said, adding that she had to change schools as part of the ordeal.

Heidinger said he was sorry for the pain he caused his family, and told Judge Tim Bjorkman that he wished to still see his 3-year-old daughter on supervised visits, which he will be able to do.

The judge said he believes Heidinger has a problem with voyeurism and recommended rehabilitation for his problem.

"I don't believe that this is the first time or that the step-daughter was your first victim," Bjorkman said.

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