A radiologist from Saratoga Springs, NY, was arraigned today on charges he took photos up the skirts of at least 21 women entering or leaving the Anthropologie store at 203 Newbury St. in the Back Bay last August and then again last September.
Damon Deteso, 49, was arraigned via Zoom on 21 counts of secret sexual surveillance and 16 counts of attempt to commit a crime, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. He was released on his own recognizance - but ordered to stay out of Boston pending the outcome of his case - the DA's office reports.
Assistant District Attorney Daniel Nucci told the court that on September 24, 2021, Boston Police responded to a call at approximately 2:31 p.m. from Anthropologie at 203 Newbury Street. The manager told officers that a man had been sitting on the steps outside the store, taking 'upskirt' photos of customers without their knowledge. Deteso's cell phone had been in his backpack next to him on the steps, positioned so that people on the steps would step directly over the camera while Deteso recorded them.
That was about a month after staff at the store reported a similar incident - and photographed the alleged perp, the DA's office says, adding that the photo from that day matched one taken on Sept. 24.
Boston police were able to locate Deteso around 174 Newbury Street after identifying him as the subject of the photographs. After officers informed Deteso he was being detained, he agreed to be brought into custody for questioning. Deteso invoked his right to counsel in an interview at District 4. Detectives seized his cell phone, and after obtaining a search warrant found on it multiple videos taken by the defendant of several unaware victims.
Deteso was not unfamiliar with Boston - he did his residency at Tufts Medical Center and internship at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, after going to UMass Medical School in Worcester. Most recently, he had been a doctor with Millennium Medical Imaging, affiliated with Saratoga Hospital, both in Saratoga Springs. Both have scrubbed any record of him from their Web sites.