Bristol man charged with violating 'up skirt' law


A Bristol man is facing charges in Massachusetts after allegedly hiding a video camera in a women's locker room and recording himself setting up his electronic peep hole.

Mark McVay, 55, of Paddock Court in Bristol, is charged with photo, videotaping or electronic surveilling — also known in Massachusetts as the "up skirting law" — and attempt to commit a crime. Both are misdemeanors in the Bay State.

Seekonk Police announced the charges Tuesday night after investigating claims that a member at Planet Fitness on Taunton Avenue in Seekonk found the digital camera in the women's locker room on June 27. It had recorded more than 21 minutes of footage by the time it was found.

Officers didn't have to look hard to find their suspect. Mr. McVay reportedly started recording while he was setting the camera up, catching himself in the act. Planet Fitness employees identified him as a member of the gym and officers quickly arrested him.

Seekonk Police are investigating whether this was an isolated incident or if Mr. McVay or others have recorded in the women's locker room in the past. Anyone with information about this or prior incidents is asked to contact Seekonk Police at 508-336-8123.

Mr. McVay is being held without bail, and he faces additional charges in Barrington.


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