Man denies videotaping teenage girlsBy ERIC FRANCIS
CORRESPONDENT | January 11,2014
PHOTO BY ERIC FRANCIS Dale Griswold, 49, of Weston, pleaded innocent to voyeurism and other charges Friday after teenage girls said they found hidden video cameras watching them shower.WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A Weston man denied accusations that he secretly videotaped several teenage girls last year while they were taking showers and changing clothes in a guest room at his residence.
Dale Griswold, 49, was released on conditions Friday from White River Junction criminal court after he pleaded innocent to a felony count of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and to misdemeanor counts of possession of child pornography and voyeurism.
Investigators with the state Department for Children and Families forwarded a complaint to Vermont State Police and prosecutors in December after a teenage girl told them about finding a small video camera hidden on more than one occasion in a bathroom and a bedroom she had been staying in at Griswold’s residence during a large gathering of friends and relatives.
The girl told investigators she noticed the tiny camera on a shelf because it had a blinking red light on it. She played back the video and saw it was Griswold who had placed the camera and left it running as he exited the room, a police affidavit said.
She told Griswold she found the camera, police said, but did not say she watched the footage. Griswold told her a male teenager probably placed the camera, according to the affidavit.
Trooper James Wright wrote in his report that he interviewed Griswold about accusations from several teenage girls about his conduct during gatherings at his home and at a camp in the woods.
Wright said Griswold acknowledged each instance, ranging from minors having alcohol to a fondling incident involving a girl who appeared to be asleep. But in each case he said there was an innocuous explanation, the trooper wrote.
Wright added that when Griswold was confronted about videotaping girls, he admitted hiding the bathroom camera but claimed it was pointed toward his medicine cabinet. Griswold claimed he suspected a guest of stealing prescription medications, the affidavit said.MORE IN Southern VermontIn honor of the sesquicentennial of the end of the Civil War, Brattleboro veterans are putting... Full Story
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