Hempstead Man Filmed Himself Raping Unconscious Women, DA Says

Cameron McDermott
Cameron McDermott

A Hempstead man was indicted for allegedly raping two unconscious women on several occasions in Manhattan after investigators found video footage of the attacks on his computer earlier this year, prosecutors said.

Cameron McDermott was charged in Manhattan court with predatory sexual assault, first-degree rape, sexual abuse and unlawful surveillance. Garden City village police had uncovered the footage while executing a search warrant at the suspect’s home following his arrest in January for allegedly flashing several women and possession of child pornography.

“Cameron McDermott is accused of brutally raping and sexually assaulting two vulnerable victims who were incapable of giving consent,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said. “He is accused of further violating these women by recording the acts without their knowledge.”

Prosecutors said the 31-year-old man sexually assaulted an unconscious woman inside apartments in the Murray Hill and Gramercy neighborhoods of Manhattan on eight occasions in 2010, and recorded and photographed the sexual assaults. He also recorded and photographed himself raping and sexually assaulting a second unconscious woman inside an apartment on the Upper East Side on five occasions in 2013, authorities said.

McDermott was initially arrested in Garden City on Jan. 19, when police found him in possession of a cell phone and a laptop that contained several pictures and videos of him exposing himself, police have said.  One video depicted two girls under the age of 16 engaging in a sex act, authorities have said. There were at least half dozen incidents in which he allegedly exposed himself to women over a five-month span, according to investigators.

McDermott allegedly approached a 21-year-old woman at Adelphi University, exposed himself and urinated on her leg on Sept. 25, police have said. Five days later, he allegedly exposed himself to a 20-year-old woman he called over to his car on Hamilton Place, authorities have said. A month after that, he similarly victimized a 44-year-old woman on 9th Street, according to investigators.

In two incidents a half hour apart on the evening of Nov. 23, the suspect allegedly started speaking to women before they realized he had no pants on in Parking Field 7N, police have said. And on Jan. 5, he asked a 15-year-old girl a question on Chestnut Street while he was exposing himself, authorities have said.

He was previously charged with possessing sexual performance of a child, public lewdness and endangering the welfare of a child in those cases.

Manhattan prosecutors ask anyone who may have also been victimized by the suspect to call their Sex Crimes Hotline at 212-335-9373.

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