Federal Judge’s Home Raided In Investigation Involving Son

The son of a federal judge in New York has been accused of secretly recording women engaged in sexual acts in his Manhattan home.

Daniel McAvoy, 49, is facing dozens of felony charges of unlawful surveillance for allegedly making secret sex tapes of four women from March 2017 until October 2021.

According to court records, the recordings were preserved on over one hundred DVDs that were labeled with handwritten, explicit notations describing the content.

The Gothamist reported that the DVDs were seized from an upstate New York address linked to McAvoy’s father, US District Judge for the Northern District of New York, Thomas McAvoy.

Judge McAvoy, who was first appointed to the bench by President Reagan in 1986, has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

Police also obtained multiple hard drives and camcorders from Daniel McAvoy’s Upper East Side home in Manhattan.

On September 7, Daniel McAvoy was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury on 29 counts of second-degree unlawful surveillance, a class-E felony in which video is secretly made with the intent to provide sexual arousal or gratification.

McAvoy pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released under supervision. However, he was required to turn over his passport.

If convicted, McAvoy could face up to four years in prison.

According to the New York Post, McAvoy’s attorney had rejected a plea deal for McAvoy to serve one to three years. The plea deal would have also required him to register as a sex offender.

Emily Tuttle, a spokeswoman for the office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, said the investigation into McAvoy is ongoing.

According to court documents, the evidence seized shows that more than four women were secretly recorded by McAvoy. Tuttle said other possible victims of McAvoy are encouraged to contact the DA’s sex crimes hotline.

Daniel McAvoy is scheduled to be back in court on December 1.