WOBURN – Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan and Arlington Chief of Police Frederick Ryan have announced that Joseph Hennessey, 55, of Salem, New Hampshire was found guilty by a Middlesex County Superior Court Jury yesterday of four counts of photographing or videotaping a person in a state of nudity in connection with a 2014 incident the occurred at Kickstand Café in Arlington.
“In this case Hennessey intentionally targeted women while they were using the restroom, violating their right to privacy and recording them illegally,” District Attorney Ryan said. “Because of the vigilance of the employee who saw something out of place, noticed a man acting suspiciously, and then called police we were able to hold this defendant accountable for his actions.”
“The Arlington Police Department salutes the vigilance of the employee who saw something that looked suspicious and spoke up,” Chief Ryan said. “The expectation of privacy in a restroom speaks for itself, and these crimes seriously violated that fundamental right. I am grateful for the hard work of police and prosecutors who ensured that justice was served in this case.”
On September 13, 2014, Arlington Police arrested Hennessey at the Kickstand Café, 594 Massachusetts Avenue, after an employee found a flower pot which contained a secreted recording device in the one-stall women’s bathroom.
According to authorities, Hennessey was seen on two occasions at the café in September when the employee noticed the flower pot in the restroom. On the first occasion, September 5, 2014, the employee used the restroom, noticed a flower pot directly in front of the toilet, exited the bathroom, and later saw an individual the employee identified as Hennessey exiting the women’s restroom.
On September 13, the same woman used the restroom, noticed the same flowerpot, picked it up, and in moving the basket found a bundle of electronics and electrical tape. She then reported that she heard someone outside the restroom speaking and knocking on the door. Police were called to the café and Hennessey was arrested.
Detectives determined that a miniature camera with an antenna had been concealed into the bottom of the plant holder with black electrical tape and a power device of a 9 volt battery. A small hole had been cut into the side of the flower pot that allowed the camera lens to be inserted and concealed inside while the lens captured images. This camera then transmitted those images to the viewing device found on Mr. Hennessey.
Hennessey is scheduled to be sentenced on September 26, 2016.
The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Ceara Mahoney. The Victim Witness Advocate is Helena Clarke. This case was investigated by the Arlington Police Department and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.