Police: Man videotaped woman in highway rest stop

An Essex County man faces a felony charge after police learned that he was videotaping a woman in a restroom.

Lewis-based state police arrested 25-year-old Daniel T. LaMere Jr. of Elizabethtown on May 8 and charged him with unlawful surveillance, a class-E felony.

According to police, an investigation was launched after a woman filed a complaint claiming that someone was videotaping her in the restroom at the High Peaks Rest Area, located in the Essex County town of North Hudson off Interstate-87, the Adirondack Northway.

The investigation led to LaMere's arrest. Police say he was working as an employee of a company contracted by the state to maintain the High Peaks Rest Area.

LaMere was ticketed and released to appear in North Hudson Town Court on May 17.

Meanwhile, the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, in conjunction with the New York State Police Computer Crimes Unit, is continuing its investigation into the incident.

Officials encourage anyone with information about such unlawful surveillance to contact police at 873-2750. Troopers say the preliminary investigation has revealed that a number of similar incidents have occurred between mid-January and May 8.

Additional charges against LaMere are pending as the investigation continues.

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