POSTED: Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 1:04pm
NATIONAL NEWS (CNN) — A Johnson County, Kan., attorney sent his own attorney to a hearing Thursday afternoon on charges he eavesdropped on his employees.
The charges stem from allegations made by three women who worked for Jeremiah Johnson. They say Johnson planted cell phones underneath their desks and looked up their skirts, secretly recording their legs, lower torsos, and undergarments. They have filed a civil suit against him.
Now, prosecutors in Johnson County have added two criminal counts of eavesdropping to the charges against him. Thursday was his first hearing on the misdemeanor charges, although he wasn't required to appear in court himself.
"I think that's really disgusting no matter what profession you are in," said Melody Bean, who is watching the case. "Doing something like that to your employees or anyone is just unconscionable."
Johnson counter-sued the three women, claiming they didn't have the right to delete images they found in his phone. Last month a federal judge dismissed his claim.
If Johnson is convicted on the criminal counts, he faces disbarment from the state of Kansas, up to a year in jail and probation.
Each of the women is seeking $75,000 each.