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    Former Cal Poly ROTC Chair Will Face Court-Martial in Hidden Camera Case

    Former Cal Poly ROTC Chair Will Face Court-Martial in Hidden Camera Case

    Charges against the former head of Cal Poly's  program accused of hiding a camera in a Pismo Beach clothing store's dressing room were dismissed Monday, documents show, and the officer will be court-martialed by the U.S.  instead.

    Jacob Sweatland, 40, was facing two misdemeanor charges related to allegedly secretly filming a teenager and woman in the dressing room.

    Those charges were dropped, and the case against Sweatland was transferred to the U.S. Army for criminal prosecution under the Uniform Code of Justice, where he will face a court-martial, according to court documents.

    Sweatland was arrested Sept. 2, 2022, after a teenage girl found a spy camera in a PacSun dressing room at the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets.

    Pismo Beach Police Department Commander Chris Trimble told The Tribune that an object resembling a key fob with a built-in camera was found by store staff, who then called police, prompting an investigation.

    On Sept. 4, Trimble said, the store contacted the police again and reported a man later identified as Sweatland had returned to retrieve the fob. Sweatland ran from officers before being caught in the 200 block of Elaine Way in Pismo Beach, around a mile from the outlets.

    Sweatland was charged Oct. 28 with two misdemeanors: resisting a peace officer and invasion of privacy.

    Sweatland attempted to have his case go through military diversion, which allows defendants to…

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