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Judge denies bail for Columbia man accused of secretly videotaping women

A Howard County District Court judge refused to set bond Monday for the Columbia man charged with secretly videotaping two women inside their Ellicott City condominium over a three-month span, according to state's attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan.

Michael Stephen McKenny, 42, of the 10000 block of Hickory Ridge Road, faces four counts of third-degree burglary, four counts of visual surveillance with prurient intent and three counts of videotaping a person in a private residence without consent following his arrest on Thursday.

McKenny was arrested at his Columbia home less than six hours after Howard County Police released video and images of a man secretly setting up a video camera inside the bedrooms of a condo, located in the 8300 block of Montgomery Road, where two Ellicott City women live.

Following his arrest, McKenny's bond was set at $100,000. But on Monday, District Court Judge Mary C. Reese ordered he be held without bond, according to Kirwan.

Kirwan said prosecutor Tiffany Vaira argued McKenny was a serious risk to public safety because of the nature of the charges and his previous criminal record.

According to online court records, McKenny pled guilty to attempted second-degree rape in Prince George's County Circuit Court in 1991.

McKenny was arrested after police received multiple tips and seized "undisclosed evidence" from both his car and home, police said.

Police believe McKenny knew the two women, and used a copied key to enter the condo during daytime hours.

According to the charging documents, McKenny first entered the condo on June 26 and placed the camera, which is activated by a motion sensor, in one of the women's bedrooms facing the bathroom.

Police said McKenny retreived the camera on July 26.

On Aug. 27, McKenny returned and placed the camera in the closet of the other bedroom, according to the charging documents.

Police said McKenny reentered the condo on Sept. 4 and moved the camera to a higher position in the closet and faced it toward the bathroom. Later that day, one of the women discovered the camera and called police.

According to the charging documents, the camera caught images of the two women nude and partially undressed.

A preliminary hearing for McKenny in district court is tentatively set for Nov. 16, Kirwan said.

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