East Hartford Man Faces New Voyeurism Charges
GLASTONBURY, Mar 06, 2013 (The Hartford Courant - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
An East Hartford man already facing charges that he secretly videotaped women and girls in restrooms at his work and church was hit with dozens of new charges Wednesday.
Glastonbury police charged Darrel W. Lewis, 32, of Driver Road, with 45 counts of voyeurism, eight counts of fourth-degree sexual assault, four counts of eavesdropping and one count of risk of injury to a minor.
The new charges were lodged when Lewis made a court appearance Wednesday in Manchester on the prior charges, filed in December by East Hartford police.
Lewis was arrested Dec. 27 at Hydro Honing Laboratories in East Hartford, where he worked as an engineer. A 19-year-old female coworker had noticed a video camera hidden between rolls of toilet paper on a shelf directly across from the toilet, police said. She brought it to a manager while it was still in "record" mode, and police were called.
Confronted about the camera, Lewis admitted he planted it in the women's restroom that afternoon, police said. Lewis then gave a statement detailing his careful methods of recording, editing and categorizing the surreptitious videos he had recorded at several locations.
During that same statement Lewis admitted to taking videos of women using the restroom at his church.
After Lewis' initial arrest, the pastor of that church, Faith Family Church, called Glastonbury police, who checked the church and found no cameras. The pastor was concerned because Lewis was a church member.
As Glastonbury detectives conducted a forensic examination of Lewis' computers, they discovered videos taken at the church and elsewhere in East Hartford, said Agent James Kennedy, a Glastonbury police spokesman.
It took a long time to track down victims, Kennedy said, adding more charges are expected in East Hartford. Lewis remains in custody with bail set at $330,000.
Lewis told police he had recorded females as young as 11, according to an arrest warrant for the earlier charges.
Lewis, who lived with his mother and sister, told police he started sneak-videotaping about three or four years ago at a Tim Horton's restaurant in Rocky Hill where he worked. Lewis said he placed a video camera in the women's bathroom pointed toward an area where employees changed their clothes. He recorded about six videos, but then erased them "because I knew it was wrong and did not want to continue to do it anymore," according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
But in the winter of 2009, Lewis said, he resumed his secret filming, this time at two bathrooms at the church he attended, Faith Family Church in Glastonbury. Lewis admitted that some recordings at the church captured an 11-year-old girl, the affidavit said. He had had not targeted the girl and insisted he was not a pedophile, police said, but kept the videos anyway.
Lewis said he also had planted a video camera at a friend's house in East Hartford to capture his friend's sister using the bathroom, according to the warrant.
Lewis uploaded the videos to a home computer, edited them and categorized the videos by the subjects' names and nicknames, the affidavit states.
Police obtained a warrant to search Lewis' home and seized two desktop computers, a laptop, a hard drive storage unit and a flash drive.
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