Video leads to voyeurism charge in Londonderry
BRATTLEBORO -- A Londonderry man has been charged with voyeurism after police said he surreptitiously filmed a girl who was taking a shower.
Vermont State Police said Todd M. Olcott, 36, initially denied taking the video but then "apologized for his actions."
Olcott has been arraigned on the misdemeanor charge in Windham Superior Court Criminal Division.
He was released from custody on several conditions due to the age of the victim, including a court order to have no contact with anyone under age 18 unless an adult is present and aware of the pending charge.
State police said the incident happened in late May in South Londonderry. The victim noticed what was described as "small blue phone with a blinking red light" that had been placed in a heat register, investigators wrote in a court affidavit.
The victim reported the device to a third party, who notified police.
When confronted by the complainant, Olcott "denied the accusations or knowledge of a camera or cell phone," court papers say. Later, Olcott allegedly produced a camera but said it was not his.
The suspect subsequently told the complainant that "he was sorry for making the recording ... but did not give an explanation as to why he took the video," the affidavit says.
State police said the video in question has been entered into evidence. In it, Olcott is seen placing the camera in the register and later retrieving it, court documents say.
Olcott met with a trooper at the Winhall Police Department, where he said "he had recently found the camera while going through some of his belongings. He charged the camera and decided to try it out," the affidavit says.
Olcott also "advised he wanted to try something different but was not sure what he was going to use the video for after capturing it," police wrote in court documents. "T. Olcott advised he was not sure if he would even view the video and stated he has not viewed it as of yet."
The maximum penalty for voyeurism is two years in prison and a $1,000 fine.
The investigation into Olcott's alleged actions included the Southeastern Unit for Special Investigations, Windham County Safe Place and the Vermont Department for Children and Families.
At his arraignment, Olcott was ordered to have no contact with the victim.
He also is not allowed to possess any electronic device capable of taking video or photos. Olcott can, however, use a cell phone that does not also have a camera.
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