An Anne Arundel County man who videotaped himself and his ex-wife in a sex act without her consent was spared jail time yesterday.
William A. Hendry IV, 38, of Edgewater pleaded guilty to one count of illegal wiretapping before Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge William C. Mulford II, who sentenced him to a six-month suspended sentence, with one year of supervised probation.
Hendry pleaded not guilty in January to two counts of illegal wiretapping and was scheduled to go to trial next week. The second count was dropped in exchange for his guilty plea. He faced up to five years in prison and $10,000 fine on each charge.
Assistant State's Attorney Kathleen A. Evans said a suspended sentence was "in accordance with the victim's wishes." Hendry's ex-wife, Christa D. Bacchus, did not attend yesterday's hearing.
Hendry produced a videotape and recorded cell phone conversations without his ex-wife's knowledge between September 2005 and late 2007 at his former home in Pasadena, and he showed the video to Bacchus' husband. Hendry apologized before the court.
"I realize it was pretty stupid," Hendry said, adding that he taped the sex acts to protect himself against any allegation that he "forced" the woman to have sex.
Hendry's attorney, Nicholas D. Capousis added that his client, who worked at a car dealership, lost his job "as a result of the publication of this incident." Hendry has since gotten a new job in Northern Virginia, but he has stopped coaching his 12-year-old son's basketball team.
Hendry and Bacchus divorced in 2001. She remarried, and in October she told Anne Arundel County police that Hendry showed a tape of the two having sex to her husband, Philip M. Bacchus.
Philip Bacchus filed for divorce from Christa Bacchus in November, court records show.