Craig Rhodis found guilty of voyeurism for taking videos of teen, another woman undressing

HAMILTON, Ohio — A former soccer coach has been found guilty of voyeurism for taking videos of a teen girl and at least one other woman while they undressed in the bathroom of his Liberty Township home.

Craig Rhodis, 42, entered a no-contest plea Wednesday in Butler County Area Court II as part of a deal with prosecutors, according to WCPO news partner the Journal-News.

Judge Kevin McDonough found Rhodis guilty based on the facts of the case and gave him a 60-day suspended jail sentence, Journal-News reporter Lauren Pack wrote.

Pack reported that Rhodis must also pay a $500 fine with $400 suspended. McDonough also placed the former Thomas More College athlete on three years probation and ordered him to undergo a psychological evaluation.

Rhodis, the former director of coaching/training for the Fairfield Optimist Soccer Club, was scheduled to stand trial Thursday on two counts of voyeurism, a third-degree misdemeanor, following his arrest in July 2013.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office began investigating Rhodis after accusations surfaced that the soccer coach was using a cellphone to record a teen and a woman undressing in the bathroom of his residence on Millikin Road in Liberty Township.

The teen was at Rhodis' home for what she described as a "training session."

Michael Shanks, Rhodis’ defense attorney, told the Journal-News his client doesn’t believe he committed an offense.

“It wasn’t his purpose to do something illegal, but it certainly created a situation he feels sorry about,” Shanks said. “I think this is the best result for everybody.”

Shanks said Rhodis didn’t want to put his family through a trial, and “he actually felt compassion for the young ladies involved in this situation. He didn’t want to put them through the trial.”

Shanks said the case has had a “dramatic impact” on Rhodis, a former professional indoor soccer player.

“He was a well-known person in the soccer world,” he said. “This type of thing is a serious problem for him. He hopes to put it behind him.”

Rhodis, a Fairfield High School graduate, was suspended from his coaching job shortly after his arrest.

READ MORE: "Former Fairfield soccer coach found guilty of voyeurism" by Lauren Pack 

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