Ferndale man pleads guilty to recording women undressing

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published April 11, 2021

 Tyler Tierney

Tyler Tierney

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FERNDALE — A Ferndale man charged with secretly recording women undressing has agreed to plead guilty.

According to the Oakland County Circuit Court, Tyler Tierney, then 29, pleaded guilty March 18 in a case where he was accused of recording five women undressing in the restroom of a Ferndale home.

Tierney was charged with five counts of surveilling an unclothed person, each a five-year felony. He is scheduled to be sentenced at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 29.

Tierney’s attorney, Kimberly Stout, could not be reached before press time.

The Ferndale Police Department began investigating Tierney in July when it was notified by one of the women that the recordings existed. All five women are from Oakland County.

The footage was found by the woman in Tierney’s email account, where he sent the videos after recording them. Police previously stated he didn’t distribute the videos.

Tierney was arrested on the initial charges Nov. 16. As the investigation continued, Ferndale police discovered videos suspected to be child pornography. A review of his phone and computer allegedly found hundreds of videos and images of “child sexually abusive material,” Ferndale Police Community Engagement Officer Jill Mahlmeister previously stated. Police didn’t find any evidence that Tierney created the pornography,

“These videos include children alone performing sex acts on themselves and others. … Out of those 156 videos that are just on his cellphone, it was clear in the majority of the videos the children were under the age of 17,” she said. “They were able to recover 434 videos/images from his computer,” she said. “They were able to verify five of them — five known children were identified.”

Tierney was arraigned on five new charges Dec. 14: four counts of aggravated child sexually abusive activity and one count of using a computer to commit a crime. Each count of child sexually abusive activity is a 25-year felony, while the single count of using a computer to commit a crime is a 20-year felony.

According to the Oakland County Circuit Court, a separate plea deal is being worked on for these charges.

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