April 5 2018

Man Charged After Hidden Camera Found in Lahey Hospital Staff Bathroom


A man has been charged with taping unsuspecting people in a bathroom at one of Burlington’s largest institutions.


Chief Michael Kent and Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan report that Michael Mcdermott, 21, of Tewksbury has been charged following a Burlington Police Department investigation into an alleged hidden camera placed in an employee restroom at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center.


After an investigation led by Burlington Police Detectives and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Mcdermott has been charged with:


- Photographing an Unsuspecting Nude Person (Three Counts)


- Possession of a Wiretap Device


Authorities day that 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.


At this time, police have ascertained that multiple people were videoed in a state of undress while using the restroom, a release states.


The arraignment will be scheduled at a later date.


These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.

A spokesperson for the hospital said the device was found last week.


“Last week during a routine cleaning, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center staff discovered a pen that included a small recording device in an employee restroom,” a statement from the hospital says. “Lahey Hospital & Medical Center security was able to identify the employee responsible. The Burlington Police Department was notified and the employee was immediately terminated.”

The hospital spokesperson said that the rest of the hospital was searched and no other devices were found.

“It has been determined this device was placed in the restroom for only a brief period of time before it was discovered,” the statement reads. “No patients or visitors were impacted by this incident.”

Finally, the spokesperson says the hospital takes incidents like this very seriously.

“Protecting the safety, security and privacy of our colleagues, patients and visitors is a top priority,” the statement concludes. “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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