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Georgia man pleads guilty to filming underage performers

A Georgia man who worked with underage stage performers was sentenced to two years in state prison after pleading guilty to filming minors in Boston hotels Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court.

William H. Allen, 64, of Athens used his position as co-owner of Cirque de la Symphonie, a company that staffs performers for musical acts, to secretly capture nude images of two performers under the age of 16, according to a press release from Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s Office.

The incident occurred in June 2015, when Allen met one of the underage victims who was set to take part in a Boston-area performance.


Allen booked two rooms at The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, one for himself and one for the victim, and outfitted the performer’s room with three secret cameras concealed in smoke detectors in the bedroom and bathroom prior to arrival, according to prosecutors.

Later that night, the victim went to Allen’s room to discuss the performance schedule and discovered images of his room on Allen’s laptop. The victim contacted hotel security who discovered the cameras, according to the statement.

Boston police seized Allen’s electronic devices and found videos of the victim in various states of undress, as well as similar video of a prior incident involving a different victim.

Allen pleaded guilty to two counts each of secretly photographing sexual or intimate parts of a child and possession of child pornography.

Judge Mary Ames sentence him to two years in state prison followed by 10 years of probation, during which Allen is barred from having any unsupervised contact or working with anyone under 18.

He will also be barred from having any contact with his victims, undergo psychiatric evaluation, and complete treatment if deemed necessary, prosecutors said.

“The defendant exploited a position of trust to secretly record two children in a state of undress,” Conley said in a statement. “He violated their trust, he violated their privacy, and he violated the law.”


Jacob Geanous can be reached at jacobgeanous@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jacob_geanous.