Jeffrey Emil Evangelista is facing charges of using a cell phone to photograph a person's intimate parts without their consent.  (Courtesy Lynnfield Police.)
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Stoneham man accused of taking more upskirt videos

PEABODY — The man accused of taking upskirt photos of teenage girls at MarketStreet is facing new charges.

Jeffrey Emil Evangelista, 53, was arraigned for a second time in Peabody District Court Wednesday on seven additional counts of using a cell phone to photograph a person's intimate parts without their consent.

The latest allegations follow the Stoneham man's arrest at the Lynnfield mall in July. Security and police were looking for the suspect after they received separate reports from parents about a man taking pictures of a 15-year-old customer and a 17-year-old employee at The Paper Store.

Essex County Assistant District Attorney Gabrielle Clark said when investigators searched Evangelista's cell phone after his arrest, they found the additional videos.

A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.  

Evangelista, dressed in a golf shirt and slacks, sat in the courtroom with his wife, Donna. 

His attorney, Benjamin Richard, told the court his client is undergoing treatment and is attending weekly therapy sessions to deal with the problem. 

Neither would comment. 

Peabody District Court Judge James Barretto ordered new conditions on Evangelista's release based on the DA's recommendation. In addition to the original requirement to stay away from the victims, Evangelista has been ordered not to use a cell phone or a camera, to have a mental health evaluation, and continue treatment. He was released on $2,500 bail. 

A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 21.

The crime, secret sexual surveillance, is punishable by up to 2½ years in jail or a fine of up to $5,000 for each count. Evangelista faces up to 25 years in prison.

In his original 75-minute interview with Lynnfield Police detectives, Evangelista admitted he took pictures that day of at least one girl and had done it in the past, according to the police report. 

He also told detectives he "didn't want to take the videos," but failed to elaborate, the report said.

The investigation was launched at MarketStreet in June. At the time, police obtained video footage from The Paper Store and spotted a man carrying a red and gray lunch bag with a shoulder strap.

Police later interviewed the teens. One of them told police she saw a cell phone in his bag, that he acted "weird" and invaded her personal space. 

The other teenager told investigators he was "weird and timid" and said when he talked to her, the man got close.

He was arrested at Whole Foods following a report the man was in the produce section. Two officers approached the person they recognized from the video. They also spotted the cooler in his grocery cart that looked like the one from the video. 

In 2014, Massachusetts lawmakers made it illegal to secretly take upskirt photographs of women or children in public.

The measure was signed by former Gov. Deval Patrick one day after the state Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a man who took cellphone photos up the skirts of female passengers on the MBTA did not violate state law, because the women were clothed.

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