A New York state doctor who specializes in looking under the skin of patients has pleaded not guilty to charges he was looking and recording under the clothes of women shopping on Newbury Street.

Dr. Damon DeTeso, 49, an imaging and radiology doctor living in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., is accused of following women on Newbury and Fairfield streets in Boston to make secret recordings of their butts, pubic areas or breasts without them knowing last summer, according to charging documents.

He’s also alleged to have sat on the entrance stairs to a somewhat upscale clothing chain store in the 200 block of Newbury Street with his phone and its camera placed in such a way that women going to and from shopping at the store were forced to step over it.

In both situations, cops say, DeTeso, who practices at Saratoga Hospital, had his phone hanging about halfway out of a bottom pocket of his backpack with the lens pointed up and ready to record.

The hospital said Wednesday DeTeso requested  “an indefinite leave of absence from the Saratoga Hospital medical staff,” which the hospital granted effective immediately.

“Until further investigation and satisfactory resolution of this matter, DeTeso will not be conducting any services related to Saratoga Hospital,” wrote Peter Hopper, a spokesman for the hospital, in the statement. “The professional care and safety of our patients is of paramount importance to Saratoga Hospital.”

Hopper added that “It would be premature at this point for us to comment further.”

He faces a total of 36 criminal counts. He’s charged with 21 counts of secret sexual recording — that’s the number of recordings charging documents say he successfully captured a woman’s private areas — and 15 counts of attempting the crime for the number of recordings where he allegedly failed to record images of those areas.

DeTeso had a plea of not guilty entered for him on his virtual arraignment Wednesday morning, where he Zoomed into Boston Municipal Court Central division from either his office or home in Saratoga Springs. Prosecutors did not seek bail because he has no prior criminal record but they did ask that he stay away from the shopping area and the particular store. The judge granted this request.



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