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Former SU athletics employee admits he recorded male athletes in the locker room

A former local sportscaster and former Syracuse University employee pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges that he unlawfully recorded male student-athletes while they were in the locker room.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - A former local sportscaster and former Syracuse University employee pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges that he unlawfully recorded male student-athletes while they were in the locker room.

Roger Springfield had been charged with four counts of unlawful surveillance in the second degree, a felony.

He pleaded guilty to a single count of unlawful surveillance and will be required to serve 10 years of probation.

His guilty plea hinges, however, on whether he will be required to register as a sex offender.

The defense says Springfield's actions weren't motivated by sexual gratification, while the prosecution says they were sexual in nature.

If the court determines that he must register as a sex offender, the defense has the right to withdraw its plea.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 6.

When Springfield – whose legal last name is Cahak – was arrested, Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick said that their investigation began when a Syracuse University employee found 15 minutes of video recorded in a football locker room in Tampa, Fla.

Upon executing the search warrant, law enforcement agents say they found four videos recorded locally of multiple Syracuse University teams in the locker room, including the men's lacrosse team, the men's soccer team, and the football team.

More than 100 student athletes were identified as victims.

Springfield was a sportscaster at WSTM-TV for more than a decade.

After his years at the television station, he worked as SU’s director of media properties and productions.

Springfield was fired by Syracuse University on Dec. 13. On Dec. 14, he offered to cooperate with the District Attorney's Office.

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