Five women ranging in age from 22 to 27 were allegedly secretly videotaped while visiting a close friend at her Gore Street apartment in Cambridge.
The women, four of whom were visiting and one of whom was the Gore Street resident, went to the police station to report the incident on Sunday, March 11, claiming the Gore Street woman’s 26-year-old male roommate videotaped them without their knowledge over the weekend and may have posted the images online.
One of the women told detectives around 5 p.m. March 10 she and her friends were waiting for an Uber into Boston when they went to change the music that was playing in the apartment from the male roommate’s phone. While searching for music to play on his phone, she allegedly came across a nude image which turned out to be a video of her close friend in a bathroom. After showing her friends, they realized the video was taken inside the bathroom at the apartment where they were staying.
The woman in the video was informed by her friends and immediately confirmed she did not consent to the video and knew nothing about it.
The five women confronted the male roommate after finding a hidden bathroom camera. He reportedly denied knowing anything about it, but was adamant about wanting the camera.
The women removed the camera, which was described as a black WiFi spy camera with a wall plug and mini USB charger, and submitted it to police as evidence.
Jeremy Warnick, director of communications for the Cambridge Police Department, said on Wednesday morning, March 14, that the five women all knew the suspect prior to this weekend. Charges have not yet been brought against the suspect as detectives still must get a search warrant to review the footage and to conduct follow-up interviews with the suspect, Warnick said. Police are also still investigating whether the suspect posted the footage online.
“There’s been no admission of guilt from the suspect, at least there wasn’t during the initial reporting process,” said Warnick. “[He] has cooperated with officers during the investigation, which is still very active.”