NYU Professor Arrested For Allegedly Recording Women Changing In Dressing Rooms

Hey Finocchio, what grows on you when you do something wrong and lie about it?

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.

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  • Liz Preza
    May 14, 2013

    “Most unfortunately, in the lives of puppets there is always a ‘but’ that spoils everything.” ― Carlo Collodi, Pinocchio

    or in this case a butt.

  • Cristina T
    May 14, 2013

    This comes as a total shock to his students. As a former student of his, he was very enthusiastic, bright and soft spoken. One of the smartest professors I ever encountered at NYU (he was the valedictorian of his graduating class!) and incredibly helpful to his students. Please keep the NYU community posted for further details. This news is absolutely heart breaking and I am hoping with all my heart that it was a mistake.

  • Jacob Harfener
    May 14, 2013

    The funny think is that in Italian Finocchio (literally “fennel”) is a slang word for homosexual. Maybe poor Ross has suffered from this all along and feels he has something to prove.

  • Yesenia C
    May 14, 2013

    “Finocchio” also means gay in Italian. Talk about double entendre.

  • Brett Chamberlin
    May 14, 2013

    Headline is missing the word “allegedly.”

  • Christopher Koulouris
    May 15, 2013

    So much for being too brilliant a touch misguided. But then again maybe all them hot bunnies on campus were beginning to play on Ross’s nerves?


  • Kelsey L
    May 15, 2013

    No “allegedly,” I was working there when it happened and the dude is a creep

  • Lowelll Joseph Gallin
    May 16, 2013

    Suggested amendment to title: “Professor of the Swine’s Farts (‘Fine Arts’) Arrested at NYU”

    Suggested further reading: “Marty can you spare a dime?” http://lowellgallinnewyorkandnyu.blogspot.co.il/2013/03/marty-can-you-spare-dime.html

    My Dad, Lt. Col. Martin Gallin, Esq., NYU Law Review 1949, at 92.5-going-on-17, is one of NYU’s Oldest Living Alumni

  • NYU Grad
    May 16, 2013

    In response to Cristina T,

    I am so sorry to hear this. It is shocking and unsettling when you hear about disturbing behavior by someone you like, respect and admire. Try not to let this one man make you question the “real” character of your other role models.

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