Man who admitted to photographing kids in Great Escape bathroom loses appeal to withdraw plea

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A Watervliet man who police say was taking pictures of children in a bathroom in 2019 at the Great Escape in Warren County has lost an appeal.

Court documents say James Hewitt pleaded guilty to promoting a sexual performance by a child.

However, Hewitt then wanted to withdraw his guilty plea, saying there were technical errors in the case.

The county said he knowingly entered the plea, and they would not let him withdraw it.

He appealed that decision, and that’s what has been denied.

The court also upheld is two to six year prison sentence.

Hewitt is also facing charges in Albany County.

Police say he and his wife were also recording women and children in a Price Chopper bathroom in Watervliet.