Somerville Man Sentenced for Secretly Taping Women

SOMERVILLE – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Teddy Browar-Jarus, 34, of Somerville, was sentenced today in Middlesex Superior Court. On June 8, after a bench trial, he was found guilty of 25 counts of secretly recording a person in a state of nudity, 11 counts of willful interception of oral communication and one count of attempting to commit a crime.

Judge Kathe Tuttman sentenced the defendant to two years in the House of Correction with one year to serve and the balance suspended for five years. Judge Tuttman also sentenced the defendant to five years of probation and ordered the defendant to not contact the victims or identify them publicly, to pay restitution to victims, to perform 100 hours of community service and to continue to seek counseling.

“This defendant committed the ultimate invasion of privacy by intentionally recording women in various states of undress without their permission or knowledge,” said District Attorney Ryan. “This type of behavior takes away the sense of security and the right to privacy that we are all entitled to.”

In 2015, a woman who was known to the defendant awoke to a beeping noise that appeared to be coming from her bookshelf. When she went over to her bookshelf she discovered a cell phone with its camera facing her bed. The home screen of the cellphone said “Teddy.” A search warrant of the defendant’s bedroom was executed that resulted in authorities locating multiple electronic devices as well as the remains of a broken “hook” camera, a recording device designed to look like a plastic hook commonly found fastened to bathroom doors.

A search of the defendant’s laptop and portable hard drives led authorities to discover that he had secretly recorded women entering and exiting the shower in two separate bathrooms using the “hook” camera. In addition, authorities found videos of the defendant’s female roommates in their bedrooms, as well as videos of women engaging in sexual intercourse with the defendant that were recorded without the victims’ consent or knowledge.

The prosecutor assigned to this case was Assistant District Attorney Kristen Noto. The Victim Witness Advocate was Helena Clarke.

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