A trust fund kid from Long Island has been accused of recording his sexual assaults and labeling a clip “rape” on his computer. Cameron McDermott, 31, was officially charged in Manhattan with a number of heinous charges including predatory sexual assault and aggravated sexual abuse in the third degree. Those charges are related to the search of McDermott’s apartment that came after he had been arrested for lewdness in January 2017. The alleged rapes occurred in 2010 and 2013 in Manhattan. District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. said in a statement, “Many rapists rape again; if you believe you have been a victim of this defendant, or of a similar crime, please call my Office’s Sex Crimes Hotline at 212-335-9373.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. In One Video, McDermott Allegedly ‘Slaps & Flicks’ the Woman to Show She Is Unconscious
According to a press release from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, the women at the center of the investigation didn’t even know they were victims. He is accused of assaulting two women. The alleged crimes took place at McDermott’s former apartment in Murray Hill and in the victim’s apartment in 2010. Separately, in 2013, McDermott was accused of attacking a different woman at his then-apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. He knew both of the victims.
The charges accuse McDermott of putting an object in one woman’s vagina and sodomizing the other. Assistant DA Jamie Kleidman told a courtroom, via the New York Post:
The defendant meticulously recorded each of these actions, and then labeled them on his computer, under files named things like ‘unconscious’ and the victim’s name, a folder marked ‘undressing and the victim’s name.
The DA went on to say that McDermott allegedly “slaps and flicks the woman to show that she is unconscious.”
2. McDermott Is Also Accused of Urinating on a Woman While Cross Dressing in a Black Wig & Yoga Pants
McDermott was arrested in bizarre circumstances in January 2017 in Garden City, Long Island. CBS New York reported at the time that McDermott was accused of cross dressing in a black wig, lipstick and yoga pants. He then struck up a conversation with a woman before beginning to urinate on her in the parking lot of Adelphi University.
He was arrested at his home in Hempstead on January 19. There, cops allegedly found child pornography on his cellphone. The New York Post reports that the DA said in court on June 8, “[The pornography was] meticulously marked by age, like ‘2 years old’ and the actions the children are being forced to engage in, such as ‘daddy and daughter’”
3. McDermott Last Worked for a Medical Supply Company
According to his LinkedIn page, McDermott worked in medical-device sales for a company called Misonix. He is a graduate of Elon University. McDermott also attended three prep schools in his high school years, notably The Lawrenceville School.
4. His Parents Are Retired Philanthropists Living in a Wealthy Florida Community
McDermott is the son of Richard and Laura McDermott. His parents are retired and living in the wealthy Florida community of Vero Beach.
For 25 years, Richard McDermott was the CEO of Chapdelaine & Co, a New York City bond brokerage firm.
5. A Judge Denied McDermott Bail Saying ‘a Sane Person Would Want to Flee the Country’
McDermott has pleaded not guilty to the numerous offenses, which number more than 200. DA Kleidman told a judge, according to the Post, “His family has lots of money and is living in a multimillion-dollar home in Florida.” The judge agreed saying, “a sane person would want to flee the country and I certainly think there is enough of a chance of that.”
Though, McDermott’s lawyer, James Pascarella, said, “My client has no prior criminal history and comes from a well to do family and has every intention of addressing these charges.”
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