According to the NY Post, NYU art history professor Ross Finocchio was arrested on charges of unlawful surveillance, having been discovered at a West Village boutique recording women in the dressing rooms yesterday afternoon.
While in another changing room, Finocchio reportedly hid his camera in a shoe, slipped it under an adjacent door, and waited for women to enter the space.
The first woman, 26, “saw him put something under the door,” she told the NY Post. She and manager Stephanie Williams waited for him to try the stunt again; he did, this time with a 28-year-old. Finocchio did not come out when the manager demanded that he do, and when he “finally” emerged he was “sweating profusely.”
As of 2013 according to the Art History Newsletter, Finocchio is a PhD student who also works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. NYU has said that Finocchio will have “no contact with students… until this matter is cleared up,” and the Met has yet to comment.
Ross Finocchio has been studying at NYU for twelve years: He graduated from NYU in 2001 as a double major in Art History and English, received his M.A. in ’06, and is a current candidate in the PhD program. The Department of Art History at NYU reported in its “Alumni News“, in a blurb that has since been taken down, that Finocchio graduated summa cum laude.
Finocchio’s website, Flickr account, and LinkedIn are also already disabled. When contacted, Finocchio’s cell phone went straight to voicemail.
We’ll be sure to update you as the story develops. For now, just try to come up with as many Pinocchio jokes and art jokes and Peeping Tom jokes as you can.