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Steinke sentenced to four years

Observer Staff Report | Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Don Steinke, a former assistant registrar at Notre Dame, was sentenced to four years in prison after violating his probation for a voyeurism conviction in March 2011, according to the South Bend Tribune.

He was arrested and charged in 2011 after a woman found a camera pointed towards a toilet in a campus bathroom. St. Joseph County Superior Court Judge Jerome Frese ruled yesterday Steinke violated his probation by failing to seek mental health counseling after the March 2011 arrest, the report said.

The initial incident was a Class D felony. The Tribune report said St. Joseph County prosecutors added three more charges of voyeurism in March 2012 after more cameras were found. 

Steinke pleaded guilty to the four charges, which Frese  decided to treat as misdemeanors. The original punishment consisted of four years of probation and 20 hours of community service, according to the report.

Frese ordered Steinke to seek counseling, but prosecutors filed a petition in February to revoke probation when Steinke failed to do so, the report said. An evidentiary hearing took place earlier this month, and the sentence for prison time came down yesterday.