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A former Los Alamos fire captain charged with videotaping a female firefighter in the shower area of Station 3 in White Rock Oct. 18 was sentenced this morning in Magistrate Court.
Judge Pat Casados sentenced Aaron Adair, 36, to 364 days conditional probation.
“He plead no contest to the two charges (voyeurism and tampering with evidence) and he was given a conditional discharge,” Casados said.
The victim, firefighter Jessie Noah, 28, has been on paid administrative leave and has a case pending against the county. She submitted a statement to the court through her attorney John Day.
“The actions of my former supervisor, Los Alamos Fire Capt. Aaron Adair, in secretly planting a video recorder in my fire station bathroom to videotape me undressing and using the shower and toilet have profoundly affected me,” Noah said. “As a professional firefighter, I trusted my life to Mr. Adair and other firefighters I worked with. I am disappointed and saddened by their actions.”
She also requested that before it accepted Adair’s plea and imposed sentence, that the court “determine if Mr. Adair is truly remorseful by requiring that (he) specifically identify here, in open court, who else was involved in these crimes and who else viewed the tapes.”
The judge stated that she could not force Adair to name any accomplices.
“Upon successful completion of his conditional discharge, the charges will be dismissed,”
Casados said. “However, if he fails to complete those conditions, he could face imposition of jail time.”
The terms of the conditional discharge include 364 days of supervised probation, a $25 monthly probation fee, 100 hours of community service to be completed within six months, no contact with the victim, firefighter Jessie Noah, and he must continue occupational and personal issue counseling, which he’s already been enrolled since sometime after his arrest.
“For successful completion of his conditional discharge, I also ordered Mr. Adair to write a letter of apology, which needs to be approved by the court, to the victim, the Los Alamos Fire Department and the community of Los Alamos and I told him I want that letter published in the Los Alamos Monitor and he must pay the cost if there is one,” Casados said.
The judge also ordered Adair to submit his letters of apology for approval in Casados’ court by Jan. 15, she said.
Casados also ordered him to obey all federal, state and local laws, and said that he cannot be arrested, indicted, charged or convicted of any offense during the 364-day probationary period. He cannot use alcohol or illegal drugs.
Fire Chief Doug Tucker responded to this morning’s sentencing saying, “He made a mistake and he will pay for that mistake and every suffered for that mistake including his family, the victim, the fire department and the community.
“The damage has been done and I can only hope that he and his family and Jessie and the fire department and this community can benefit from his sentencing and that somehow we will all find the way to move on.”
Noah said she is not sure if she can continue working for the local fire department “due to this betrayal.”
Adair had worked for LAFD for 11 years and resigned last month.
Below is the statement submitted by firefighter Jessie Noah:
December 20, 2010
Dear Judge Casados
The actions of my former supervisor, Los Alamos Fire Captain Aaron Adair, in secretly planting a video recorder in my fire station bathroom to videotape me undressing and using the shower and toilet have profoundly affected me. Asa professional firefighter, I trusted my life to Mr. Adair and other firefighters I worked with. I am disappointed and saddened by their actions.
I hoped to be respected for my skills and valued as a firefighter; instead, I found myself degraded by Mr. Adair and treated as a sex object. Although I love my job,” I’m not sure if I can continue as a Los Alamos Fire Department firefighter due to this betrayal.
While I understand that Mr. Adair is here today to plead guilty and accept responsibility for his behavior, I strongly believe that others were involved in these acts.
I respectfully request that before accepting a plea and imposing sentence that the Court determine if Mr. Adair is truly remorseful by requiring that Mr. Adair specifically identify here, in open court, who else was involved in these crimes, and who else viewed these videotapes.