Former UTC student sentenced for hidden cameras

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A former University of Tennessee resident assistant has been sentenced to three years in prison for hiding cameras in dormitory rooms.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported the court imposed the sentence Thursday on 24-year-old Bernard Morris. The Board of Probation and Parole will determine when Morris can be released. Judge Don Poole ordered that a GPS anklet we worn when that happens.

Morris was arrested in March 2011 after female students reported finding cameras hidden in fake clocks that had been put in their rooms. Investigators said that happened at least four times.

Morris pleaded guilty earlier this year to burglarizing dorm rooms and planting cameras in them.

Defense attorney Mike Caputo told the court his client has autism spectrum disorder, diagnosed when he was 9 years old.

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