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May 3, 2016 5:46 PM

Merrimack man arrested after hidden camera found in child's bathroom

MERRIMACK — A Merrimack man is under arrest for secretly videotaping children in various states of undress, police said.

Thomas Herrmann, 52, is charged with three counts of privacy violations. A police investigation found Herrmann allegedly hid video equipment in places which allowed him to view two girls under the age of 18. According to court paperwork a camera was found in a bedroom and in a bathroom 'aimed at the shower.'

The recording equipment was discovered by someone inside the home, police said.

“It's very disturbing, disturbing for everybody including the investigators,” said Lt. Denise Roy.

It’s unclear how many files there are connected to the case, but police seized a large computer and video equipment from Herrmann’s home as part of the investigation.

Police are not saying what the relationship is between Herrmann and the victims.

“We always encourage people to talk to their children. If they know Mr. Herrmann and had anything unusual happen, we're not suggesting that it has happened, but it’s always good to talk to your children just to make sure,” Roy said.

Herrmann was arraigned Tuesday. He was held on $25,000 cash bail and is set to appear in court at the end of the month.

A violation of privacy charge in New Hampshire is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and up to one year in jail. Police said the charges could increase depending on what is found on the videos.

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