David E. Cerna, of the 4000 block of Jessica Drive in Wentzville, was sentenced to two concurrent 60-day prison terms in an invasion of privacy case dating back to 2014.
According to court documents, Cerna, 34, placed Craigslist ads for anonymous “W4M” encounters. He took responses on a phone that he used only for that purpose, exchanging photos of the men who contacted him with photos of an unknown woman and giving the men instructions for the encounter.
Cerna told police that he estimated 45 to 60 men came to his Wentzville residence over a period of 1-1/2 years after making contact through the Craigslist ad. He then performed a sex act on them through a hole in a door. The men were videotaped and the video was uploaded to a website that Cerna had created.
Police said that the men were unaware that the woman they thought they were meeting was actually Cerna, or that they were being videotaped. Some of the victims looked in the direction of the camera, but never directly at it.
Two of the victims were identified, and Cerna was charged with two felony counts of invasion of privacy, charges that could have carried a sentence of up to eight years incarceration and a $10,000 fine.
Cerna pled guilty and accepted a plea bargain. The two 60-day terms will run concurrently with the sentence from another invasion of privacy case, where Cerna placed a spy camera in the restroom of a gas station in Chesterfield, and another where he videotaped a teen’s genitals during a police search. He will serve an additional nine years supervised probation.
According to an October 3, 2014 story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cerna was fired from his job as a Chesterfield police officer after charges were filed.