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Pukwana man charged with burglary, secret recording

PUKWANA — A 20-year-old Pukwana man will have his initial appearance this week for two counts of second-degree burglary and two counts of using a camera to secretly record someone.

Jason Pickner was arrested in May when police say he admitted to placing a camera in the bathroom of another Pukwana residence, later moving the camera to a bedroom and then stealing women's underwear from a dresser.

Court documents say the Brule County Sheriff's Office received a phone call from a woman who told authorities her daughter found a camera recording in her bedroom that night. Authorities reviewed video that was on the camera, which led to law enforcement asking Pickner to come to the sheriff's office to discuss the incident.

When he arrived, Pickner admitted the camera belonged to him, according to court documents. He told authorities he went into the house around 6 a.m. to place the camera in the bathroom. He said he re-entered the house in the afternoon to place the camera in a bedroom.

Pickner allegedly told the sheriff's office he saw a woman "get in and out of the shower." Court documents say Pickner also told police he took a pair of women's underwear from the dresser and took them to his house.

Burglary in the second degree is a Class 3 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. Use of camcorder/camera to secretly record a person is a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable upon conviction by up to one year in prison and a $2,000 fine.

Pickner's initial appearance is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Brule County Courthouse.