Man Who Taped Prostitutes to Aid Police Pleads Guilty to Obstructing an Officer


An Oklahoma City man who videotaped prostitutes pleaded guilty to obstructing an officer this week, the Oklahoman reports. Under a plea agreement, Brian Bates, the self-styled “video vigilante,” received a one-year deferred sentence that he might not have to serve if he avoids further conflict with police.

Bates had been charged in Oklahoma County District Court with paying prostitutes to lure their clients into range of his camera, but eight felony counts against him were reduced as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. He began videotaping prostitutes to aid police in 1996, but was arrested in 2005 after Oklahoma City police said they had uncovered evidence Bates had paid prostitutes to help him get footage of them performing sex acts with customers.


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