MARLBOROUGH - A suspected Peeping Tom was arraigned Thursday in Marlborough District Court on charges he hid video cameras in the home of a longtime friend and spied on her for at least three years.
A suspected Peeping Tom was arraigned Thursday in Marlborough District Court on charges he hid video cameras in the home of a longtime friend and spied on her for at least three years.
Mark G. Ryan, 43, of 19 Fay Court, Apt. 2, was arrested Wednesday afternoon, less than two weeks after the alleged victim discovered one of the cameras and notified police, according to a police report filed with court papers.
Judge Paul McGill set bail for three misdemeanor charges of videotaping a nude person without their knowledge at $500. Ryan posted bail yesterday, according to court records.
Police said the alleged video voyeur sneaked video cameras into the home of a family friend on Bigelow Street beginning in April 2004. He had in his Fay Court apartment at least three tapes of the woman nude, police said.
"Ryan secreted surveillance spy equipment in the home of a female adult friend, viewing this person in a state of nudity on at least three different occasions within the last two years," Sgt. Stephen McCurley wrote in a press release.
According to the police report, the alleged victim discovered a camera this month.
Police said in addition to tapes of the family friend they found videotapes in Ryan's home dating back at least 10 years in which he had recorded 14 other people at his family's Maine vacation home.
Of the more than 120 tapes and CDs found in Ryan's home, 10 contained "video clips of the (Bigelow Street) victim and 14 additional persons in a nude state, showering, dressing, and undressing, in a bedroom and shower stalls," McCurley wrote in his report.
"The balance contained hardcore adult pornography, bestiality, and TV programming," McCurley wrote.
The 14 victims taped at the vacation home told police the videos were at least 10 years old, according to the report. Police say three Marlborough charges allege he videotaped the woman on May 5, 2004; June 22, 2005; and Aug. 30, 2006, police said.
Police also seized a laptop computer, receiver, printer, Xbox video game console, and media drives, according to the report. The computers and media drives will be forensically inspected, police said.
No one answered the door on repeated trips to Ryan's home yesterday afternoon and a call seeking comment was not returned. The man who answered the door at the home of the alleged victim said the woman would not comment.
Ryan told the court he will hire a private attorney, according to court records.
McCurley wrote in his report that police are still investigating.
Detective Martha Shea, the Marlborough Police spokeswoman, would not say how the videos were transmitted or collected by Ryan or how he got the equipment.
Ryan's next court date is Aug. 27.
Matt Lynch of The MetroWest (Mass.) Daily News can be reached at 508-490-7453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.