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Man Pleads Guilty To Illegally Taping Women's Body Parts

A former Tyler Independent School District bus driver pleads guilty to videotaping close-up images of women's body parts outside Broadway Square Mall in Tyler.

Donald lee Gray, 54, has been sentenced to one year in prison for three felonies of "Improper Photography and Visual Recording." One of Gray's victims and a Smith County Assistant District Attorney tell KLTV there's no doubt what Gray planned to use these videotapes for.

"I remember him just sitting there with the camera out in the open, not hiding it. He didn't even make eye contact, just following us was uncomfortable," said Brittany Ward.

It's been a year since then, but Brittany, 20, said she'll never forget seeing herself on that video.

"He was very focused on the behind and watching us walk back," she said.

Gray pled guilty to illegally videotaping three women, including Brittany. He's been sentenced to one year in prison, but Brittany said that's not enough.  

"I would have given him more than that, especially with the stuff that he had in his van. It was obvious what he was trying to do," she said.

Assistant D.A. Jason Parrish said other evidence found inside Gray's van, including Vaseline, a towel and an inflatable mattress, clearly spell out his intentions.

"When we looked at the evidence, we felt there was no doubt that he was taping these individuals to gratify his own sexual desire and that's what makes it criminal in nature," he said.

Parrish said he is pleased with the outcome, considering Gray could have gotten probation. 

"Looking at the range of punishment we were able to basically get him off the street and send him to prison for a year day for day," Parrish said.

And he also said women everywhere should feel safer, knowing they can walk into a mall without having a man like Gray violating their privacy.

The maximum sentence Gray could have received was two years in prison but, by pleading guilty, he'll have to serve one year without parole or appeals.

The D.A.'s office says they found no evidence to show he taped children on his job.

Tracy Watler, Reporting:

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