Erie Insurance coverage ex-employee serves probation sentence for restroom digicam
A former Erie Insurance employee was sentenced to parole for a toilet camera scandal.
According to court records, 45-year-old Steven T. Erhartic is serving four years probation on a misdemeanor in possession of a criminal instrument. The charges were brought by the Erie Police.
On January 28, 2020, investigators were called to the Gideon Ball House – one of the historic buildings being restored by Erie Insurance – after a worker found a camera in the unisex bathroom. A criminal complaint said the camera was hidden under the sink in front of the toilet.
Investigators found that from January 27-28, the camera had five half-hour videos of at least 14 people in the toilet. The first video showed Erhartic installing and hiding the camera, removing a plumbing cover with a screwdriver to hide the device. The penultimate video, shot on January 27th, showed him removing the camera, and the last video showing him reinstalling it the next day, January 28th.
The complaint states that after being confronted by police on January 29, Erhartic admitted putting the camera on the toilet.
Erie News Now reached out to Erie Insurance for an explanation, and the insurer said the person in charge of the camera is no longer an employee of the company. Erhartic’s name was not directly mentioned in the statement.
Although Erhartic’s LinkedIn profile has since been deleted, Erie News Now managed to obtain information he previously served as portfolio manager for external investments at Erie Insurance.