Ferndale resident allegedly records women undressing

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published November 20, 2020

 Tyler Tierney

Tyler Tierney

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FERNDALE — A Ferndale resident has been arrested and charged with allegedly recording five people undressing in a restroom.

Tyler Tierney, 29, was arrested by the Ferndale Police Department Nov. 16 and arraigned that same day in the 43rd District Court by Ferndale Magistrate J. Patrick Brennan on five counts of surveilling an unclothed person. Each count is a five-year felony.

According to Ferndale police, the investigation began in July, when they received word from one of the victims about the recordings. The victims all were secretly recorded in the bathroom of a Ferndale home while undressing.

Police were able to identify and interview all five women involved in the case — all adults from Oakland County.

“They found the recordings after the fact. … They located them in an email,” said Ferndale Police Community Engagement Officer Jill Mahlmeister.

Mahlmeister said Tierney, after allegedly recording these videos, sent them to an email address. Police stated he did not distribute the videos.

The videos were found by a victim because the suspect reportedly logged into his email on a victim’s computer. The Ferndale Police Department declined to release more specific information on the case to respect the victims’ privacy.

“This was a very lengthy and time-consuming investigation, and it required analysis of the digital information obtained from the suspect’s cellphone and his email account … in order to investigate possession and the subject’s intent,” Mahlmeister said.

Police obtained warrants on Tierney’s phone and email account as part of the investigation. Detectives then spoke to Tierney about the incidents, and he allegedly confessed to setting up a hidden camera and making the recordings.

Tierney was released from custody on a $20,000 personal bond, and his next court date was scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, before Judge Joseph Longo. The court appearance occurred after the Woodward Talk went to print.

Tierney’s attorney, Kimberly Stout, could not be reached for comment.

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