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Rochester reporter charged with hiding camera in bathroom

A newspaper reporter was charged yesterday with hiding a camera in a women’s bathroom at the building where he worked.

The Rochester police said Conor Makem, 45, of Dover was charged with a felony count of falsifying evidence and 12 misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy.

A woman discovered the camera Oct. 7 on the second floor of Merchants’ Plaza building, where several businesses are located. She showed it to Makem, who told her it wasn’t a camera and then threw it away before the police could examine it, the police said.

The police later took his laptop, work computer and cell phone.

Makem, who worked part time for the Rochester Times, was held on $10,000 bail and is due back in court today. It is not clear whether he has a lawyer.

Rodney Doherty, executive editor of Foster’s Daily Democrat, which also publishes the Rochester Times, said the paper will continue to cooperate with the police.

Makem was fired.

“We’re extremely disappointed in the situation,” Doherty said. “It’s difficult to understand. We, as you know, in the news business, we read and hear all the time that neighbors and friends are shocked at what went on. We’ll just wait and see. There’s still a lot of investigation to do.”

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