- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Long Beach massage therapist has been sentenced to prison after he was convicted of secretly filming a woman two years ago.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/26enKlY ) 27-year-old Matthew Edward Pierce received a five-year prison term at his sentencing on Monday in Harrison County Circuit Court.

A judge suspended three of those years, leaving Pierce with two to serve. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for 25 years.

A jury found him guilty earlier this month of filming a person without permission when there is an expectation of privacy.

Pierce was a licensed massage therapist and had been allowed to perform massages in a Long Beach home in 2014.

Long Beach police arrested him Oct. 3, 2014.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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