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Goetsch Gets Jail TimeSubmitted: 02/14/2013

Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com

RHINELANDER - Prosecutors presented boxes and binders full of nude videos and photos in court Thursday.

That was after an 82-year-old Three Lakes man pleaded guilty to secretly capturing the images.

Elmer Goetsch used to be an active member of the Oneida County Community.

But for the next six months, he'll be spending his days in jail.


Goetsch pleaded guilty to hiding cameras in his home to film the summer interns he hosted in the nude.

Goetsch did everything from sitting on the Oneida County Board of Adjustment to hosting a classical music show on public radio.

But prosecutors said for at LEAST 15 years, he'd been taking nude pictures and videos of minors in his house.

"One of the reasons I'm speaking is so that this will never happen to another mother's son, and so no family or child will have to go through the hell we've been through this summer because of the blatant disregard for another's privacy," said Lisa Olson, the mother of one of the victims.

Goetsch had not only taken, but also carefully catalogued, tape upon tape, and picture upon picture, of boys and girls in his home.

"In shame, I stand here to admit to all that I did something drastically wrong, and broke the law by doing it. How wrong I was," said Goetsch

Goetsch's sentence also includes writing apology letters to the two teenage boys he filmed in this case.

"I just took a few moments to review the photo albums. One word came through my mind, and it was 'disgusting'," said Judge Jay Tlusty.

Judge Jay Tlusty told the 82-year-old he's the oldest felon he can remember in his courtroom.

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