Columbia man sentenced to 11 years for secretly videotaping women

The Columbia man who secretly videotaped two female co-workers inside their Ellicott City condominium last year was sentenced to 11 years in prison in Howard County Circuit Court Tuesday, according to State’s Attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan.

Michael Stephen McKenny, 42, of the 10000 block of Hickory Ridge Road, was sentenced after pleading guilty to three counts of third-degree burglary, one count of placing a camera in a private residence for the purpose of conducting surreptitious observations and one count of conducting visual surveillance in a private place without consent with prurient intent.

According to Kirwan, McKenny worked with the two women at Merriweather Post Pavilion during the time the crimes were committed.

McKenny was identified as a suspect and later arrested on Oct. 18 after police released images and video clips of a man setting up a hidden camera inside an apartment.

The clips and images were taken off a camera found by one of the women living in an condo, located in the 8300 block of Montgomery Run Road.

According to police, one of the women found the camera, which was facing toward her bathroom, hidden in her bedroom closet in September.

A follow-up investigation revealed that McKenny, using a copied key, entered the condo multiple times between June and September to alternate the position of the camera between the two bedrooms and the bathroom.

The women had no idea they were being filmed nude and partially dressed.

Upon McKenny’s release, he will be placed on five years' supervised probation, and is ordered to avoid contact with his former co-workers and Merriweather Post Pavilion. McKenny must also consent to random and periodic searches of his computer by the Maryland Department of Parole and Probation to ensure that he does not have pornography, Kirwan said.

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