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Lowell Man Faces Peeping Tom Charges

May 5, 2019

LOWELL -- A Lowell man is facing a series of charges after he was allegedly caught using his cellphone to secretly record two students showering in a dorm bathroom at Bridgewater State University, according to The Enterprise of Brockton.

Bridgewater State University Police charged 20-year-old Ryan Gilbride, a student at the university, with photographing an unsuspecting nude person, attempting an unlawful wiretap and disorderly conduct, according to The Enterprise.

The case came to light about 1:50 p.m. Tuesday when university police said they received a call from a female student who said she was showering with a male student when they saw someone holding a cellphone over the top of the shower curtain in an attempt to record them, The Enterprise reported.

The female student opened the curtain and saw a man standing there. She screamed at him and the suspect took off, according to The Enterprise.

Bridgewater State University Police Chief David Tillinghast told The Enterprise that investigators were able to track down the suspect, identified as Gilbride, using a photographic database of students living in the dorm. Tillinghast also told The Enterprise that investigators used bathroom access code records that indicated Gilbride entered the bathroom around the time of the incident.

Gilbride denied involvement when confronted by police, who seized his cellphone, according to The Enterprise. Tillinghast told the publication that when the 20-year-old went to the police station to get his cellphone back Thursday night, he gave investigators permission to search the device.

Tillinghast told The Enterprise that officers did not find any photographs or videos related to Tuesday’s shower incident, but did find other images of women in “various stages of undress.” The images included females in public who did not appear to know their photographs were being taken, including women in underwear and pictures that were apparently taken under women’s skirts, Tillinghast said.

According to a police report, Gilbride eventually did admit he was in the bathroom and intended to record the two students in the shower, The Enterprise reported. Police also discovered the 20-year-old had an app on his phone disguised as a calculator, which is used to secretly store files, Tillinghast told the publication.

“He tried to get in (the app) and it wasn’t working,” Tillinghast told The Enterprise. “He claimed he forgot the password. He started to reset the password, but there was a notification from the app saying it would delete all data inside the app. We stopped him from doing that for obvious reasons.”

According to The Enterprise, police had not been able to access the app’s files as of Friday.

Gilbride has been released from police custody on $240 cash bail, the publication states. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Brockton District Court on Monday.

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