Michael Buscemi of Florence denies charge he secretly recorded woman while she was in his apartment
NORTHAMPTON — A 43-year-old Florence man denied charges in court alleging he secretly video and audio recorded a woman while she was naked in his apartment last winter.
Michael Buscemi, of 454 Ryan Road, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Thursday to a single count of photographing an unsuspecting nude person.
According to court records, the alleged victim told Northampton police that in the early morning of Dec. 21, 2011 she had agreed to go to Buscemi’s home.
She told police she noticed when she walked in she could see herself on a television monitor and was aware that there were video cameras inside Buscemi’s home.
However, according to court files, the alleged victim told police she had no knowledge that when she was not clothed inside Buscemi’s bedroom, she was being both audio and video recorded.
Court records show that on at least one of the exterior doors to Buscemi’s home is a sign indicating there is video surveillance inside the and people entering are subject to being recorded. In court files, Buscemi’s attorney, Harry Miles of Northampton, argued that the exterior sign and the alleged victim’s knowledge there was surveillance inside the home shows she shouldn’t have had an expectation of privacy once inside and that she consented to the recording.
Buscemi was released on his own recognizance and is due to appear back in court Feb. 6 for a pre-trial hearing.