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Former NHS custodian sentenced to jail for photographing naked person in girls bathroom

  • Michael J. Kremensky, 22, of Florence, appears in Northampton District Court on Monday, April 2, 2018. STAFF PHOTO/Kevin Gutting



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Thursday, August 16, 2018

NORTHAMPTON — A former Northampton High School custodian admitted to photographing someone naked in a girls bathroom at the school. 

Michael Kremensky, 22, of Florence, was sentenced to two and a half years in jail after pleading guilty on Thursday to four counts of “photographing an unsuspecting person in the nude,” according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

Six months of that term will be served direct, with the remainder of that time suspended for three years. Kremensky will also have to abide by “numerous conditions, including that he stay away from the school,” according to Mary Carey, a spokeswoman for the Northwestern district attorney's office.

A message left for Kremensky’s attorney, Susan Miles, went unanswered Thursday afternoon. Northampton Superintendent John Provost also could not be reached for comment.

Police arrested Kremensky in March after a report of suspicious structural modifications involving several holes in the ceiling of a first floor girls bathroom.

Kremensky had been working as a custodian at Northampton High School since August 2017. The district first learned of the incident in late March after Kremensky filed a work order request to fix a leaky pipe in a crawl space above the first-floor girls’ bathroom, according to court documents. The crawl space could be accessed from Kremensky’s enclosed workspace via a small door that abuts the wall to the girls’ bathroom.

The workspace is accessible to other custodians and administrators, court documents state. Northampton Central Services was contacted to repair the leak and found a small copper water pipe in the crawl space that was bent by what appeared to be significant force, according to court documents.

“This was reported to the day shift custodian, John Zadworny, who then became concerned that someone had stood on the pipe in an attempt to look into the girls’ bathroom,” according to court documents, which state that there were several holes in the ceiling panels above the toilets in the girls’ bathroom. 

Zadworny reported to police that two days earlier he had looked into Kremensky’s work space twice but was unable to find him.

Emily Cutts contributed reporting to this story.

Dusty Christensen can be reached at dchristensen@gazettenet.com.