Arlington Heights man pleads guilty to illegal taping

Published: 3/24/2009 12:07 AM

An Arlington Heights man charged last summer with using a camera to unlawfully videotape under the skirts of female festival goers during Frontier Days pleaded guilty and received 18 months conditional discharge late last week.

Timothy J. Hoeppner, of the 800 block of Highland Ave. in Arlington Heights, videotaped attendees at the Arlington Heights festival on July 4, including some minors, said Assistant State's Attorney Matt Medina.

Hoeppner has no priors and he had no physical contact with the females, Medina said. He pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor, for which he could have received up to one year in prison. He also paid a $5,000 fine which he donated to OMNI Youth Services, which provides counseling for children and families. In addition, Hoeppner completed 240 hours of intensive therapy, Medina said.

Hoeppner's defense attorney Terry Sullivan, a legal analyst for WGN-TV, turned over to the court a large mitigation packet documenting his client's charity work and his participation in counseling, Medina said.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Web site lists Hoeppner as its managing director of real estate.