RPI Update


The article pasted below was recently posted on the Troy Record website.  In a quick summary, it appears the camera was installed on March 8th and there is no indication that the camera was set up any time except the evening of March 8th.  There is also no indication that anyone other than adults were photograhped.  The investigation is ongoing.

TROY - Thomas McMartin, 56, of Hoosick Falls, pleaded not guilty to setting up a motion-activated camera in the ceiling of the women’s locker room at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, but according to police, the camera captured a still photograph of him installing the camera.

The camera, which captured still photographs of "three to four women" in various stages of undress on March 8, was discovered by one of the victims who noticed something was wrong with the ceiling. Officials at RPI immediately confiscated the camera and notified the police, according to Capt. John Cooney. McMartin was employed as a heating and cooling supervisor at the college.

At this point in the investigation, according to Cooney, there is no indication McMartin had the camera set up at any other time except the evening of March 8 and no indication that anyone other than adults were photographed. However, he said, the investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.

McMartin, who also works as a part time seasonal employee at the Saratoga National Historic Park, pleaded not guilty to unlawful surveillance, a felony, and felony burglary, a charge brought because, according to Cooney, he did not have authority to enter the women’s locker room. He was represented in front of Troy Judge Chris Maier by attorney Peter Marchetti.

RPI issued a statement Thursday saying McMartin was immediately terminated and barred from the campus and that, as a precaution, all bathrooms and lockers were searched for image cameras.

Cooney said some of the victims have been notified and is certain the images captured on March 8 were not disseminated in any fashion.

Given the fact McMartin has strong ties to the community and did turn himself in to authorities, Maier set bail at $5,000 cash or bond.

James V. Franco can be reached at 270-1277, 478-5343 or by email at [email protected]