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Bathroom voyeur pleads guilty to unlawful surveillance

Elizabethtown man faces up to 8 years in State Prison for secretely recording women at rest area bathroom

Daniel T. Lamere, Jr.

Daniel T. Lamere, Jr.

ELIZABETHTOWN — An Elizabethtown man could face up to eight years in prison for recording video images of women in the restroom at the High Peaks Rest Area on Interstate 87 near North Hudson.

Daniel Lamere Jr. 26 of Elizabethtown was arrested May 8, 2011, after he had hidden in the restroom and recorded dozens of women in bathroom stalls while he worked as an independent contractor maintaining the bathroom facilities at the rest area.

Lamere pled guilty to two counts of Unlawful Surveillance on March 9 according to Essex County Assistant District Attorney Brian Felton. Unlawful Surveillance is a Class E Felony and can carry a sentence of 1.33 to 4 years according to Felton. If consecutively served, Lamere faces up to 8 years in State Prison.

Chief Investigator in the case, Nate Yaw, said due to the sensitive nature of the crime he couldn’t release the number of victims in the case. Police believe Lamere had been recording women at the rest area as far back as January 2011 and the grand jury indicted Lamere of 5 counts of Unlawful Surveillance based on videos found in his possession. Yaw said Lamere, as an employee, had barricaded sections of the bathroom for maintenence and would record women with his phone without their knowledge.

On May 8, a woman had reported she believed she was being watched from a bathroom stall at the rest area on the southbound side of the northway. Through police investigation, Lamere was recognized as the perpetrator and arrested later that day.

There was no indication that the videos had been shared or put onto the internet according to Yaw.

After the incident was reported, Yaw said the Lewis State Police was flooded with calls from people worried they were a victim of Lamere’s recording. Yaw said he will be happy when this case is over for the sake of the victims. 

Lamere is currently free on his own recognizance pending sentencing by Essex County Judge, Richard Meyer, on May 10.

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