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Former Webster fire chief found guilty in case

A former Webster fire chief has been found guilty of placing a camera in a women’s bathroom at his former place of employment in Wilmington, Mass.

Colin Colby, formerly of Webster, who resigned as volunteer fire chief in July 2013, will be sentenced today. A jury in Woburn District Court on Tuesday found Colby guilty of five counts of photographing an unsuspecting nude person and one count of attempt to commit a crime, a court clerk said. Six counts of illegal wiretapping were dismissed, the clerk said.

Colby was arrested in September after a two-month investigation by the Wilmington police. The investigation found that Colby had placed a camera disguised as a pen in a women’s bathroom at Valley Green Incorporated, a Wilmington business where he worked as a facilities manager.

The investigation began July 11, 2013, when a female employee noticed the camera in one of the stalls and gave it to the police, officials said. The police executed a search warrant of his Webster home and found that he had recorded footage from the device on multiple occasions.

Colby resigned as chief July 22, 2013, and left his job at Valley Green shortly after. It is common for many volunteer firefighters in small communities to maintain day jobs as well.

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