A jury on Thursday convicted a Durango man of felony stalking for secretly videotaping his housesitter and her boyfriend.
Mark Steve Brown, 57, showed no emotion as the guilty verdicts were announced. Wearing a suit and tie, he dabbed his eyes with a tissue shortly after the courtroom emptied.
He remains free on $5,000 bail.
Brown, also known by his nickname Downtown Steve Brown, was found guilty on two counts of felony stalking, two counts of unlawful sexual conduct and two counts of invasion of privacy.
He faces one to four years in prison for felony stalking and up to one year in prison for unlawful sexual contact, prosecutors said.
Sentencing is set for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in 6th Judicial District Court in La Plata County.
Brown set up covert cameras to record his housesitter while he worked as a civilian military contractor in South Korea providing post-traumatic stress therapy to military personnel.
The incident occurred late September 2010 through mid-October 2010 at Browns apartment, 1255 Florida Road in Durango. The cameras, which resembled motion detectors, recorded the housesitter and her boyfriend in various states of undress, including having sexual intercourse.
Jurors were shown about 90 minutes of video that included nudity and sexual activity. The four-day trial began Monday. Jurors reached their decision after about 3½ hours of deliberations.
Brown argued the cameras were for security. He did not take the witness stand in his own defense.
Deputy District Attorney Justin Fay said Brown knowingly videotaped his housesitter for personal gratification without her consent.
He asked jurors to consider the camera angles, especially the one in the bedroom that was pointed directly at the bed.
The couple were unaware of the cameras, and Brown placed tape over the power and recording lights. The cameras were set to record a day before he left town.
Police secretly monitored a phone call between Brown and the housesitter. The housesitter asked Brown about the little white boxes that looked like cameras.
Brown said he unplugged them before he left and asked if they were unplugged. The woman said no. Brown told her to unplug them. The woman said one camera was pointed directly at the bed. Brown said they were motion sensors. The woman insisted they were cameras, and Brown told her again to unplug them.
The woman asked if the cameras were live-streaming, and Brown said no about 10 times.
His defense lawyer, Carolyn Ann Wilber, said Brown is a careful man who installed the cameras for security. Spying on the housesitter and her boyfriend was not his intention, she said.
Wilber could not be reached Thursday evening for further comment.
The couple, who sat in on the trial, said they are pleased by the verdict.
It wasnt pleasant in any way, the man said.