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Police say Columbia man may have also secretly recorded at least two additional women.

A Columbia man has been arrested for secretly videotaping two Ellicott City women in their homes, Howard County police announced Friday.

Police also say Michael Stephen McKenny, 42, of Hickory Ridge Road, may have taped two other women, as well.   

On Thursday, police released video clips that showed a man in the women’s residence. Police said the video was recorded on a camera that he had secretly set up in their home.

The women had recently discovered the camera and reported it to police, but no suspect was identified after the initial investigation.

After police released the video clips, they said they received numerous tips that led them to McKenny.

According to evidence obtained by investigators, police say McKenny knew the identities of both women and stole and made a copy of a key to their Montgomery Run Road Condominium, which was why there were no signs of forced entry.

Police would not give more information on McKenny's relationship to the women because they did not want to reveal the women's identities, police spokesperson Sherry Llewellyn said. 

During the investigation and through reviewing the videos, police determined that the camera was first set up in one of the victim’s bedrooms in late June. During the next few months, police say he returned to the condo multiple times and moved the camera to record the other woman’s bedroom and bathroom.

Police also saw two other women on the videos in another, unknown residential bathroom. Those women have been identified, and, police said, will be notified of the investigation. Police will continue to investigate the possibility that other people were recorded without their knowledge.

McKenny is being held at the Howard County Detention Center on $100,000 bond. He faces multiple burglary charges as well as visual surveillance with prurient intent and videotaping a person in a private residence without consent. 

Police ask that anyone with information about additional recordings to call 410-313-3200. 


- Police: Man Secretly Videotaped 2 Ellicott City Women

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ZZ October 19, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Pleaded guilty 20 years ago to similar crime. Im willing to bet he has a long string of unknowing victims. From Case Search: 09/04/1991 PLEA OF GUILTY; ENTERED TO COUNT 1 HOUSEBREAKING,COUNT 5-ATTEMPTED; SECOND DEGREE RAPE.; PRESENTENCE INVESTIGATION ORDERED. LONG FORM.; SENTENCING DATE OCTOBER 22, 1991 AT 9:30 A.M.; BEFORE JUDGE MELBOURNE.; BOND TO CONTINUE PENDING SENTENCING.SC
Colliemom October 19, 2012 at 05:59 PM
From Maryland Judiciary Case Search, guy by same name in 1991 convicted on "Free Form: PRESENTMENT AND INDICTMENT FOR (CTS.1,6) HOUSEBREAKING (CT.2) ATTEMPT FIRST DEGREE RAPE (CT.3) ATTEMPT SECOND DEGREE RAPE (CT.4) CARRY; DANGEROUS WEAPON OPENLY (CT.5) CARRY DANGEROUS; WEAPON OPENLY ON SCHOOL PROPERTY (CT.7) ROGUE; AND VAGABOND, FILED. BM" And...surprise! As best I can tell from the record, he was found guilty, sentenced to ten years...and ALL prison time was deferred in favor of probation. Maybe since this is the second time he's been preying on women (that we know of at least), the judicial system could take him seriously and lock him away from us for a long time. He's going to repeat - and will get more active and dangerous.
Colliemom October 19, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Hey ZZ - I was typing my response as you were posting yours! You won! Love the public access to records, I look up people before hiring, renting to them, etc.
EL October 19, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Um...didn't he know he had recorded his own freakin' face? I guess he thought he would never get caught?
Huda Jameel October 19, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Good job on getting him behind bars but PLEASE do NOT set him free like what you have done with the other two who broke in (kicked in) multiple homes and got caught through the Ravens tickets... Keep criminals to where they belong...
John Milton Wesley October 19, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Congratulations once again to Howard County Police for excellent work. Even though you received help from the accused, what you accomplished in such a short period of time after becoming aware of this invasion of privacy I am sure will be most assuring to the victims and women in general in Howard County. The policing model you are using is working, obviously you are working together for the good of Howard County residents. Thank you.
Anne October 20, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Judge Audrey Melbourne? Then the case was heard in PG County & he moved to Howard- a new branch on the "People Tree"!
MG42 October 20, 2012 at 10:33 PM
The Howard County police are the keystone cops. I'll give them props when they can solve the Halloween murder from 2009. Until then, they can continue to not earn their fat pensions.
Greg G. October 21, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Good job HoCo.police..Please don't tell us the same idiot that set bail for the robberies is setting it for this guy.
Greg G. October 23, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Hmmm talk about swinging in the other direction with bail...they set it at $100,000. Good move....so what the heck where you smoking when a couple broke into 10+ homes and you set it at $15,000. Andrew still waiting on a name and e mail of the bozo that did that in the first place.
Chillin October 23, 2012 at 01:38 PM
He's a sexual deviant that has probably never been able to satisfy a woman. This is how they act out in such cases. Probably used the videos to gratify himself to sleep.
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