Geek Squad Peeker Plead "No Contest" To Privacy Invasion

When former Geek Squad Agent Hao Kuo Chi appeared in court on April 3rd, 2007, he plead “no contest” to one count of unlawful invasion of privacy, according to the LA County DA’s office. He received this sentence:

• 3 days in county jail
• 3 years probation
• 42 days of community service on a tree farm
• 1 year of sexual impulse classes
• Ordered to stay away from the victim

Now, this doesn’t mean that he necessarily did what they say he did. It just means he didn’t oppose the charge. (We know this from watching LAW & ORDER).

A Geek on a tree farm, surrounded only by manual implements. Sounds like cruel and unusual punishment. — BEN POPKEN

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  1. Collins1990 says:

    I think he knows he didn’t do it, but he can’t prove it. A real shame.

  2. lychnismint says:

    Or he did it, he knows they can prove it, and he wants to get it over with.

  3. FishingCrue says:

    Sexual impulse class? Bet you’d meet some interesting people in that class.

  4. superlayne says:

    That quickly ended a heated online debate.

    He’ll probably find away to hack into the trees, though. Make some…tree-puter, or something…

    Unless he’s one of the untrained Geek Squaders.

  5. Trai_Dep says:

    Damn, and no scathing, defensive emails w/ a cc: to legal@geeksquad.com.

  6. I’m inclined to believe he went to take a leak and left his phone on the counter or toilet so it didn’t fall in and the girl went in and started messing with it and set it to record while playing with the camera.

    I have personal experiences to back up my point. My (female)cousin has dropped two phones in the toilet somehow and has called me to ask if they can be fixed.

    Second when I was the first in my circle to get both my camera phone and my smartphone everyone wanted to play with it and first thing they did was start snapping pictures.

    But maybe I’m misguided.

  7. segfault, registered cat offender says:

    It’s not over. The criminal part for the guy who took the video is over, but the civil action against Best Buy / Geek Squad isn’t.

  8. segfault, registered cat offender says:

    I bet it settles “for an undisclosed sum.”

  9. RichAndFoolish says:

    Any chance he’s in on the scam to get money from Best Buy?

  10. crazychris says:

    As far as the civil action goes, a no contest plea is the way to plea bargain criminally without accepting civil liability.

  11. EtherealStrife says:

    The three women are obviously full of feces, but I can’t figure out his part. Hmm. An interesting turn of events! Geek Squad pay is horrible, so 3 years probation is nothing next to a quarter cut (or more) of a settlement.

    Or possibly he’s a completely innocent guy, but this way he avoids any nasty sex offender status. If he were convicted he would (potentially) have to live with that tag. I know I wouldn’t take the risk if I were in his shoes.

  12. Craig says:

    You guys still overlook the fact that the victim claims that he could be seen setting up the phone in the video, a claim that wouldn’t have been made in a TV interview with her lawyer present if it couldn’t be proved. Case closed. He pleaded “no contest” because he was guilty and the evidence was on tape.

  13. zolielo says:

    @Craig:

    You guys still overlook the fact that the victim claims that he could be seen setting up the phone in the video, a claim that wouldn’t have been made in a TV interview with her lawyer present if it couldn’t be proved.

    I have not heard nor read that he was seen on the video setting the phone to record the woman. Do you have a source online?

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  15. LAGirl says:

    i’m in ur treez…watchin you shower

  16. Falconfire says:

    You guys still overlook the fact that the victim claims that he could be seen setting up the phone in the video, a claim that wouldn’t have been made in a TV interview with her lawyer present if it couldn’t be proved.

    Tawana Brawley claimed to have been raped by 6 white men with a lawyer present only to have been found out to be lying.

    Crystal Mangum claimed to have been raped by 3 lacrosse players at Duke with a DA around only to have been found out to be lying.

    just having a lawyer around when someone claims something on TV doesnt mean they are not lying, just means they where good enough at lying to find some dirtbag lawyer who believed them or worse, didnt but was willing to take up the case because of the money/fame that could be coming in for them.

  17. ZonzoMaster says:

    Still, the guy is seen setting up the camera, and besides the girl should be a professional actor in order to ignore the camera, that is, if she was lying.

    I think the guy is guilty, i don’t find it that hard to believe.

  18. Welcome_to_Oakas says:

    At least at the tree farm he might get to work on Apples.

  19. zolielo says:

    @Craig: Thanks, I had not read nor heard that before.

    “You could see him on the video setting it up,” Vasquez said. “I was shocked.

    .

  20. akyiba says:

    “Suspicious, Vasquez left the bathroom to tell her sister Kelly and when she returned, the phone was gone. Kelly then found the phone in her bedroom. Believing the phone was programmed to record her as well, she removed its memory chip and she and Vasquez took it to a Verizon store to see what was on it.”

    So this guy used the bathroom twice. Was he listening to see if she was done in the bathroom and then decided to set it up in the bedroom? Who has time for that?

  21. huginn says:

    As a computer repair tech who has worked the DWP lines before, hard, non automated work is absolute hell.

    Even worse if you have a resentful boss.

  22. Josh Smith says:

    Bad Yes, Geeksquad’s fault No!