Man accused of voyeurism at Manchester hotel


MANCHESTER — A Pownal man is facing a criminal charge after attempting to secretly record a colleague in a bathroom at their place of employment, according to court documents.

Lawrence J. Baker, II., 20, was arraigned July 29 on one count of misdemeanor voyeurism, which carries a potential year in jail and a $500 fine. He pleaded not guilty.

Baker's attorney, Frederick Bragdon, declined to comment.

A Kimpton Taconic Hotel employee found a cell phone on June 23 in the corner of a restroom in the hotel's basement level, which is accessible only to employees, according to a police affidavit.

After unlocking the phone, Manchester police found eight videos—four from June 18 and four from June 23—in its "recently deleted" section, all of which appeared to have been filmed in the bathroom where the phone was found. Near the start of one of the videos, "a male enters the camera frame and appears to be checking the function and angle of the phone as it was pointed at the toilet," according to court papers.

A shift supervisor identified the man as Baker, a dishwasher at the hotel. In an interview with police, Baker, shown a photo of the man in the footage, acknowledged it was him, according to the affidavit.

"Baker further stated that he was not trying to capture anyone in particular on the videos," according to police.

Baker is no longer an employee of the hotel, which is aware of the charge and cooperating with law enforcement, according to a statement on behalf of the property provided by a regional public relations director for Kimpton Hotels, Jessica Lee. "The safety and security of our guests and employees remains of utmost importance to us," the statement concluded.

Baker is due back in Vermont Superior Court, Bennington Criminal Division on Sept. 23 for a status conference.



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