Teacher avoids jail after he was caught on video using his kid to steal from vending machine game

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A Massachusetts teacher who was caught on video putting his toddler into a game machine at a New Hampshire shopping mall so he could steal prizes has pleaded guilty to criminal trespass.

Anthony Helinski, 35, took the lesser charge this Thursday avoiding any jail time after several witnesses recorded him instructing his young daughter to grab prizes from inside a KeyMaster vending machine game last September.

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The sentence comes with a half of a $1,000 fine suspended and 90 days in jail, also suspended, for two years depending on his good behavior, according to The Eagle-Tribune.

Helinski is also banned from the Mall at Rockingham Park in Salem, Massachusetts, for two years, must pay $100 in restitution, has to begin professional counseling by March 14 and will need to complete 50 hours of community service.

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According to his Twitter account on Thursday, Helsinki remarked at the 'great support' he has received thus far and plans on publishing a book in June of 2020.

Helinski's legal woes began last year after Salem police released a video of a man crouching in front of the KeyMaster machine at the Mall at Rockingham Park, accompanied by two children.

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The suspect - later identified as Helinski - appears to be giving instructions to the young girl who had climbed into the prize-dispensing slot of the KeyMaster machine, telling her to reach up and grab items.

In the video, the other child, a young boy identified as Helinski's son, is seen...
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