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Waltham man charged with filming boy in locker room at Chelmsford High

David Menard, 54, of Waltham
David Menard, 54, of WalthamCourtesy Chelmsford Police Department

A Waltham man was arrested for allegedly filming a boy who was dressing in a locker room during a wrestling event Saturday at Chelmsford High School, officials said.

David Menard, 54, is due to be arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court on charges of child pornography and videotaping or electronically surveilling a person nude or partially nude, Chelmsford police said in a statement.

A group of coaches had detained Menard and was escorting him out of the building when police arrived around 4:15 p.m., the statement said.

Officials found video evidence on Menard’s phone. Police also confiscated multiple cameras and laptop computers inside the man’s car, the statement said.


Surveillance footage taken inside the school showed Menard in the hallway near the door of the boy’s locker room, officials said at a press conference Saturday night.

When asked, during his arrest, why he was in the locker room, the suspect gave no answer, officials said.

The victim told police that he looked up and saw the man in full view about 15 feet away, clearly “activating” a feature on his phone, Police Chief James Spinney said during the press conference, which was posted online.

When coaches later confronted Menard, he freely handed over his phone.

“I commend the victim for being as reactive as he was,” Spinney said. “He immediately told [an] adult. I commend the coaching staff that took immediate action to make sure we were able to identify this person.”

Students from 21 different school districts in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire attended the event, Spinney said.

Police do not believe Menard had any connection to the wrestling event.

Menard could also face additional charges, officials said. As of Saturday evening, police were not aware of any other victims.

Menard will appear in Lowell District Court on Monday, police said.


Abigail Feldman can be reached at abigail.feldman@globe.com.