TROY - Police say 56-year-old Thomas McMartin accidentally took a picture of himself in the process of installing a hidden camera in the women's locker room at RPI. That's how they were able to identify him and charge him with the crime.
Police say McMartin answered those charges Friday morning in Troy City Court. Police say he admitted to the crime and he's cooperating. But the investigation continues.
McMartin of Hoosick Falls, faced a judge in Troy City Court, pleaded not guilty to unlawful surveillance and burglary.
Police say the 56-year-old mounted a motion detection camera in the ceiling of the RPI women's swim team locker room.
One of the alleged victims noticed something strange on the ceiling on March 8 and alerted RPI authorities. After a full internal investigation, Troy police detectives took over the case. They say McMartin was caught red handed with the evidence implicating him in the crime right inside the camera.
“The camera took a picture of the defendant in the process of mounting the camera,” said Captain John Cooney of the Troy Police Department.
McMartin worked at RPI in maintenance. Authorities say he was not even allowed in the locker room even as an employee. He has since been fired.
For those who often use the facility, words could not describe how they feel.
“You can't be mentally right to do something like this. It's very sad,” said Teresa Swider, a Grafton resident.
Even more disturbing for them, is that same facility is often used for local youth swim meets where underage swimmers would be in the locker room preparing for their events.
But police say so far, they've identified three to four adult victims and as of right now, they don't believe children were pictured.
“Our investigation at this point limits the defendant's activities to March 8 in the evening hours,” said Cooney.
“We come to swim meet all the time. It's a little uncomfortable to know it even happened once,” said Swider.
Police say they're not 100 percent sure this was the first time McMartin has done this. That's why they will continue to investigate.