Barrington police say Mark McVay, 55, of Paddock Court, Bristol, took video footage of a woman at the church; the incident did not take place during a religious service, according to police officials.
Mr. McVay is already facing a videotaping/electronic surveilling charge from the Seekonk Police Department. Officers in that town say Mr. McVay recorded more than 21 minutes of footage from inside the women’s locker room at the Planet Fitness on Taunton Avenue late last month.
Police in Seekonk contacted law enforcement officials in Barrington shortly after they began their investigation, suspecting that Mr. McVay conducted a similar act at the Washington Road church.
“Det. Hedrick, of the Seekonk Police Department, said while they were forensically extracting the information from the suspect’s phone they found four videos that were taken at the United Methodist Church in Barrington. The videos were taken approximately 6 months ago. Detective Hedrick worked with Barrington Detective Ben Ferreira and Patrolman Josh Melo on the case,” stated the release.
Barrington police say the victim in Barrington was unaware that someone had videotaped her.
“It happened within the church,” said Barrington Police Chief John LaCross.
Chief LaCross credited Seekonk police for “outstanding cooperation” on the case and thanked the Bristol Police Department for its work in pickup up Mr. McVay.
Police said Mr. McVay was arraigned in Sixth Division District Court in Providence on Wednesday, July 2, is being held without bail, and was remanded to the ACI.
According to the attorney general’s office, Mr. McVay was presented in court as a probation violator. In 2007, he pleaded no contest to breaking and entering, and possession of a controlled substance, and was sentenced to five years, one to serve and four suspended. In 2013, he pleaded no contest to two counts of domestic vandalism and one count of domestic disorderly. He was sentenced to one year suspended/probation and 6 months suspended/probation consecutive to each other beginning on Feb. 27, 2014.
His next court dates are July 9 and July 16.