Man charged with illegal videotaping in Hinsdale

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Downers Grove Chief of Police Michael DeVries announced Friday that a Downers Grove man had been charged with inappropriately taping several females, two of whom were in a changing room and one of whom was a 13-year-old in the lobby of a Hinsdale Starbucks.

Matthew Morgan, 36, appeared at First Appearance Court this morning where Judge Joshua Dieden ordered multiple conditions of pre-trial release including weapons surrender, home confinement/electronic monitoring, monitoring software installed on all his electronic devices and no contact with minors under 18 except for his own children. Morgan is charged with one count of unauthorized video recording — victim under 18, a Class 3 Felony, and two counts of unauthorized video recording — no Consent, a Class 4 Felony.

On Sept. 23, Downers Grove police officers responded to the Downers Grove Goodwill Store & Donation Center for a call of a male subject who allegedly photographed a woman while she was changing in the fitting room. Following an investigation into the matter, it is alleged that while the woman was in the fitting room, a male, later identified as Morgan, placed his phone in record mode and then put the phone under the changing room stall door.

Further investigation found that on Sept. 8, 2023, in the lobby of a Hinsdale Starbucks, Morgan allegedly began recording on his phone and then placed the phone underneath a 13-year-old female’s dress while he pretended to tie his shoelaces. It is further alleged that the following day, Sept. 9, 2023, Morgan was pretending to shop at the Goodwill Store & Donation Center with his teenage daughter when he began recording on his phone and then placed the phone underneath a changing room door. It is further alleged that following the execution of a search warrant, authorities found about 260 videos in which Morgan secretly recorded mostly young females at various locations including Goodwill, Starbucks and Target stores.

“The allegations that Mr. Morgan secretly videotaped innocent females in an inappropriate manner, two while they were in a changing room and one 13-year-old girl at a Starbucks, are extremely disturbing.” Berlin said. “I thank the Downers Grove Police Department for their quick work and assistance in preparing a strong case against Mr. Morgan. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorney Heather Misura for her efforts on this disturbing case.”

“I commend our patrol officers who worked expediently to identify a suspect, take him into custody and preserve evidence shortly after the incident,” DeVries said. “I would also like to thank our investigators for their diligence in gathering electronic evidence that helped bring this case to fruition on behalf of these young victims as well as State’s Attorney Bob Berlin and his office for their work on this upsetting case.”

Morgan will be arraigned Oct. 30 in front of Judge Michael Reidy.