Athens man pleads guilty to filming underage stage performers

An Athens man who worked with underage stage performers was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to filming minors in Boston hotel rooms, according to media reports.

William H. Allen, 64, used his position as co-owner of Cirque de la Symphonie, which staffs performers for musical acts, to secretly record nude images of two performers under 16, the Boston Globe reported.

Allen also was sentenced to 10 years probation, during which time he can’t have unsupervised contact with anyone under 18, the Athens Banner-Herald reported.

In one case, Allen took a victim to the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston in June 2015, where Allen set up hidden cameras in the hotel room before the victim arrived, the Banner-Herald reported.

That night, the victim went to Allen’s hotel room to discuss the performance schedule and then saw images of his room on Allen’s laptop, the Athens newspaper reported.