CHELMSFORD, Mass. — A Waltham man was arrested on Saturday after allegedly filming a boy who was dressing in a locker room at Chelmsford High School following a school wrestling event, according to a release from town police.
That suspect has been identified as David Menard, 54, of Waltham. He was charged with possession of child pornography, and videotaping/electronically surveilling a person nude or partially nude for a felony.
Police say that Menard was filming the victim changing with his cellphone, pointing the phone directly at his victim in the middle of the locker room. It’s not currently clear why the Waltham resident was at the school Saturday as Waltham was not one of the 21 different school districts taking part in the event.
After being called to the scene around 4:15 p.m. Saturday evening, police were met by a group of coaches who had detained Menard and were escorting him out of the building. Police placed Menard under arrest and confiscated his cellphone along with several other cameras and laptop computers from the suspect’s vehicle.
“I’ve been a police officer for 30 years in this community. This is the first time I’m aware of an event like this in this community,” said Chelmsford Police Chief James Spinney.
In a press conference Saturday evening, police said the victim saw Menard standing just 15 feet away from him at the time that he was being recorded.
“I do commend the victim for being as reactive as he was,” Chief Spinney said. "He immediately told another adult.”
Police believe that Menard’s only connection to the wrestling event was as a spectator only. They plan to get a search warrant for Menard’s other electronics. Police say it is possible more victims are involved.
The arrest was clearly on the minds of many parents at a different wrestling match at Chelmsford High School on Sunday, just one day after Menard was taken into custody.
“On the way here I made sure to mention, because I can’t go in the locker room, that, ‘[if] anyone comes near you or there’s anyone just kind of hanging around make sure you speak up or say something and stay with your group of friends, and don’t go anywhere that isn’t part of the wrestling area,’” said Chantal McInnis of Billerica, repeating the message she gave to her child earlier Sunday.
“It’s scary, it’s a scary world we live in now,” said Dave Romano of Methuen. “In this day and age you just can’t leave your kid alone for two seconds and it’s pretty scary."
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