A former Mass. firefighter. convicted for placing video cameras in firefighters’ locker room

By Ryan Mancini

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. — A former Easthampton firefighter who pleaded guilty to charges related to installing secret cameras in the fire department’s women’s locker room will go to prison, the Northern District Attorney’s Office announced Monday -West, David Sullivan.

Nicholas Tillman, 39, of Westfield, pleaded guilty April 24 to three counts of videotaping a person’s intimate parts without consent; three counts of videotaping an unsuspecting naked person and a single count of attempted illegal wiretapping, Sullivan’s office said in a statement.

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Tillman was sentenced to eight months in the Hampshire House of Correction. He will also be on probation for two years after his incarceration, where he must stay away from the Easthampton Fire Department, have no contact with the two female victims in the case, undergo sex offender treatment, immediately turn over any photo or video illegally obtained at the Easthampton Police Department and he is prohibited from working as a first responder during his probationary period.

Another Easthampton firefighter found a secret camera in the women’s locker room and reported the matter to a supervisor who immediately notified police, Sullivan’s office said. Easthampton detectives worked with a computer forensics expert from the Northhampton Police Department and found photos of women changing and showering in locker rooms on microSD cards linked to the secret cameras.

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Additional evidence was discovered by the Attorney General’s Office Digital Evidence Lab at the request of the Northwest District Attorney’s Office.

“The defendant’s actions constituted a serious violation of the safety and privacy both victims rightly expected in their workplace locker room and of the trust they had in their fellow first responder,” said Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Suhl, who prosecuted the case. “The victims showed incredible strength and courage in delivering powerful statements to the court, detailing the significant effect the defendant’s criminal actions have had and will continue to have on their lives.

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