Daily News reports:
A convicted sex offender from Illinois has been sentenced to eight years in prison for making secret video recordings of young boys in a men’s room at Wrigley Field.
Nichols Gregor, 37, of Villa Park, was handed down his punishment on Wednesday by Cook County Judge Michael McHale after he pleaded guilty to charges related to the June 2016 incident.
The father of a 12-year-old boy was washing his hands in the bathroom at the ballpark when he noticed Gregor holding a black object in his right hand pointed at his son’s groin as the boy used a urinal trough.
Gregor was standing so close to the child that he rubbed shoulders with him, prosecutors said, according to reporting by the Chicago Sun-Times.
When confronted by the father, who demanded to know what he was doing, Gregor tried to walk away, then insisted to the man, ‘I didn’t take any pictures,’ according to an incident report.
The father and another man held Gregor down until police arrived to arrest him.
Prosecutors said investigators recovered a cellphone, digital recorder and two cameras from Gregor.
The devices contained surreptitiously made recordings of males using the urinal and stalls, including several who appeared under the age of 18.
In 2011, Gregor pleaded guilty to charges of possession of child pornography and illegal taping of minors and received a six-month jail sentence. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender.
That conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred in February 2010 when Gegop secretly recorded a 14-year-old boy in a bathroom during a swim meet in St Charles.
Chicago Tribune reported that the victim’s parents were able to get a license plate number for Gregor, allowing police to track him down to his then-residence in Lombard, where they seized a computer storing hundreds of child pornography videos and images of boys in the locker room at a Lombard swimming pool.