April 12 2018

House Arrest for Man Accused of Placing Hidden Camera in Lahey Hospital Bathroom

By: Rich Hosford

The Lahey Hospital & Medical Center employee who has been charged relating to a hidden camera in an employee bathroom has been placed on house arrest.

According to the Lowell Sun, among other outlets, Michael McDermott, 21, of Tewksbury, was freed on personal recognizance after being arraigned in Woburn District Court on Tuesday. As a condition of his release he was placed on house arrest and he must wear a GPS device while the case is pending.

The Middlesex District Attorney’s office said that Woburn District Court Judge Timothy Gailey said that during his house arrest McDermott can only leave his home to receive treatment and sign releases for the probation department. He also must stay away from Lahey.

McDermont was charged with three counts of photographing and unsuspecting nude person and one count of possession of a wiretapping device.

As reported by BNEWS, on Thursday, March 29, officials at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center reported to Burlington Police that a recording device was found hidden in a staff-only restroom at the hospital. An investigation commenced, which led to the suspect being identified and charged.

After the news came out a spokesperson for the hospital said investigators determined the camera was in place for a brief period of time before it was discovered. They also said no patients or visitors were impacted by the incident.

The spokesperson stated the hospital takes incidents like this very seriously.

“Protecting the safety, security and privacy of our colleagues, patients and visitors is a top priority,” they said. “We take any activity of this nature very seriously, and we will continue to work closely with the Burlington Police Department as they conduct their investigation.”


 

 

 
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