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Hidden camera found in 13-year-old girl's room

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Albany/HV: Hidden camera found in 13-year-old girl's room
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A hidden camera was found in a 13 year old girl's bedroom, and police said a 49-year-old man put it there. Our Venise Toussaint has the details.

WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. -- “It’s sick, how can you videotape a 13 year old girl, I can’t imagine somebody around here doing that,” said Lorina McIntosh of Wappingers Falls.

Shock and disgust in the village of Wappingers Falls, after state police arrest a 49 year old man for secretly videotaping a 13 teen year old girl.

Danielle Mauro of Wappingers Falls said, “I have an 8 year old daughter and if something like that happened to her I would probably want to hurt them very badly.”

Police said Jeffery McCoy lived in the home for four years. The teen found the camera hidden in a pen in her bedroom. Police said the camera did in fact capture image of the girl in her room, but they won’t say how long he’s been videotaping her or what he did with the footage afterwards.

New York State Police Investigator Kim Hettwer said, “The camera pen is a device that is capable of audio and visual recording.”

“According to police, McCoy worked for five years as an IT director at Our Lady of Lourdes High School. They said they’re investigating whether or not any criminal activity took place at that time.”

The school released this statement saying:

“Mr. Jeffrey McCoy is no longer an employee at Our Lady of Lourdes High School. Our students, administration, faculty and staff continue to be in a safe environment here at Lourdes.

The New York State Police Dept. has been offered full cooperation. They have informed us that there is no reason to believe that Mr. McCoy’s arrest has any relation to his previous employment at Our Lady of Lourdes High School.”

“My prayers go out to the girl and her family that justice is served and that she’s ok,” said Mauro.

McCoy was arraigned on Thursday morning and released on $10,000 bail. He’s charged with Unlawful Surveillance, a second degree felony.

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