A 49-year-old man appeared in court Wednesday after being accused of taking intimate photos of unsuspecting women on Boston's Newbury Street in September.
Damon DeTeso, of Saratoga Springs, New York, is facing 37 charges in relation to the “upskirting” photos, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office. Deteso was arraigned in a virtual hearing at Boston Municipal Court Wednesday.
DeTeso allegedly took the photos of the women on Sept. 24 by either following them on Newbury Street with his phone hanging out of his backpack or by placing the phone on the steps of stores so women had to step over it while he sat nearby, according to the Boston Herald.
According to police, a manager at one of the stores called police after seeing Deteso on the steps of the store with a backpack and a phone's camera pointing up.
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Police arrested him that day and say his cell phone had photos of women's intimate body parts without their knowledge, some of which count as “attempted crimes.” The female victims are only identified by their clothing in the complaint.
Deteso's lawyer, Philip A. Tracy Jr., spoke with NBC10 Boston after the arraignment.
"Obviously, we are prepared to face... work with the DA's office to find a resolution to the case," he said.
As terms of his release, Deteso is not allowed back in Boston unless it is to meet with his attorney or attend court.
Saratoga Hospital confirmed that DeTeso is a doctor who works for Millennium Medical Imaging, one of the hospital's contractors. DeTeso has requested and been granted an indefinite leave of absense.
"Until further investigation and satisfactory resolution of this matter, Dr. DeTeso will not be conducting any services related to Saratoga Hospital. The professional care and safety of our patients is of paramount importance to Saratoga Hospital," a hospital spokesperson wrote.