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Former Mass. firefighter sentenced for placing video cameras in female firefighters’ locker room

Former Easthampton Firefighter was sentenced to eight months in prison and two years probation

By Ryan Mancini

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. — A former Easthampton firefighter who pleaded guilty of charges in connection with installing secret cameras in the fire department’s women’s locker room will go to prison, Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan’s office announced Monday.

Nicholas Tillman, 39, of Westfield, pleaded guilty on April 24 to three counts of videotaping intimate parts of a person without consent; three counts of videotaping an unsuspecting nude person and a single count of attempted illegal wiretap, Sullivan’s office said in a statement.

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Tillman was sentenced to serve eight months in the Hampshire House of Correction. He will also be on probation for two years after his incarceration, where he must stay away from the Easthampton Fire Department, have no contact with the two female victims in the case, complete sex offender treatment, immediately surrender any photos or videos unlawfully obtained to the Easthampton Police Department and is barred from working as a first responder during his probationary period.

Another Easthampton firefighter found a secret camera in the women’s locker room and reported the matter to a supervisor who immediately let police know, Sullivan’s office said. Easthampton detectives worked with a computer forensics expert with the Northhampton Police Department and found photos of women changing and showering in the locker room on microSD cards linked to the secret cameras.

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More evidence was uncovered by the Digital Evidence Laboratory of the Office of the Attorney General at the request of the Northwestern District Attorney’s office.

“The defendant’s actions were a severe violation of the safety and privacy the two victims deservedly expected in the locker room at their workplace and the trust they had in their fellow first responder,” said Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Suhl, who prosecuted the case. “The victims showed incredible strength and fortitude in delivering powerful victim impact statements in court, detailing the significant effect the defendant’s criminal actions have had, and will continue to have, on their lives.”

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