Prosecutor Who Took Videos Of Women Is Seeking Reinstatement To Bar

, The Connecticut Law Tribune


Stephen Sedensky
Stephen Sedensky

In 2012, current Danbury State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky III launched an internal investigation. In his report to Chief State's Attorney Keven Kane, Sedensky said the investigation was launched after a woman complained to a supervisor in Sedensky's office that Holzbach was pointing the video pen at "compromising angles" toward women in the courtroom.

In his report, Sedensky said that Holzbach admitted to regularly making video recordings of female attorneys and courthouse employees, focusing on their legs. The report also noted that Holzbach kept photos of women under the desk in his office, included depictions of women being bound, gagged and subjected to other degrading behavior.

In 2010 or 2011, according to Sedensky's report, Holzbach disobeyed an order to stop bringing a Nintendo DS hand-held gaming device containing a camera to work. Sedensky said he had been told that Holzbach was using it to photograph people coming into the courthouse.

In a letter to Holzbach dated Aug. 1, 2012, Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane called the conduct "so serious that it warrants the termination of your employment."

Sedensky declined to comment last week on Holzbach's application for reinstatement. He said Holzbach's conduct did not violate criminal laws. Connecticut has a voyeurism law, but it's a crime only if the person being secretly recorded isn't in "plain view."

At the request of the state chief disciplinary counsel, a judge in December 2012 revoked Holzbach's ability to practice law by placing him on indefinite inactive status.

"An attorney's position is one of trust and integrity," Sutton wrote in an August 2012 memo. "Disciplinary Counsel believes that Respondent cannot control his deviant behavior as is evident by the long history of behavior and prior reprimands associated with this behavior and cannot be trusted to: avoid voyeurism of prospective clients, witnesses or other counsel; represent clients or prospective clients competently and otherwise conduct himself appropriately."

She added that he "poses a substantial threat of irreparable harm to his clients or prospective clients."

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