Easthampton firefighter charged with filming female colleagues

EASTHAMPTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) – Easthampton firefighter Nicholas Tillman has been arrested and charged with placing two secret cameras in the women’s locker room at the Easthampton Fire Station, which led to his arrest last week.

Western Mass News has obtained court documents detailing the ongoing investigation. On Wednesday July 13, one of the female firefighters discovered a blue light in the locker to the left of hers, which was not assigned to anyone. When she opened the locker to see what the light was, she discovered the camera glued to the locker and connected to a power supply. She then also checked the other empty locker and found a second camera.

Easthampton Police detectives then took the micro-SD cards from the cameras and discovered several files, one of which showed a firefighter stripping for her shift.

Investigators then placed a Nest camera in the women’s locker room in an attempt to observe someone entering the locker room to retrieve the cameras from the lockers. On Thursday, July 14, Easthampton police discovered video footage from the Nest Camera, which showed a firefighter, believed to be identified as Tillman, opening the lockers where the cameras were placed.

Court documents went on to say that that day, Tillman walked into the Easthampton Benson Deputy Fire Chief’s office and asked to speak to him. He later admitted that he [expletive] and that he had a problem with voyeurism, admitting to putting the cameras in the women’s locker room.

It was also revealed that Tillman often spends most of his free time in his dorm on his personal laptop.

We contacted the office of Easthampton Mayor Nicole LaChapelle and she told us the allegation was an open investigation and it was city policy not to comment on open investigations. She told us Tillman was placed on paid administrative leave and pleaded not guilty and could not face more than two and a half years in a reformatory.

We have reached out to Tillman, the Easthampton Fire Union and the Easthampton Fire Chief for comment, but have not yet received a response.


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