NEW BEDFORD — A former banker and town official in Westport has been sentenced after pleading guilty to taking photos and video of underneath women's skirts.

William Raus, 55, pleaded guilty to three counts of upskirting in New Bedford District Court on Monday, and received a two-year suspended sentence with 90 days of home confinement.

Prosecutors say Raus, of Westport, took videos of underneath the skirts of a co-worker and a customer at the Citizens Bank on Dartmouth Street in South Dartmouth in September of 2017.

Raus' attorney said in court his client had no prior record and problems at home led him to commit "completely bizarre behavior."

When the charges against Raus were filed by the Dartmouth Police Department, Raus held positions as Chairman of the Town of Westport's Community Preservation Committee and the Vice Chairman of the Planning Board. Both terms were set to expire in 2019. An employee at the Town Clerk's office at Westport Town Hall tells WBSM News that Raus resigned from both positions on September 7, 2017.

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