Judge Rules Man Who Took Photos Up Women’s Skirts Didn’t Violate Their Privacy
On Thursday, a judge dismissed charges against a Virginia man accused of voyerism for allegedly taking pictures up women’s skirts at the Lincoln Memorial, saying that women should have no expectation of privacy in a public place, according to WJLA.
“This Court finds that no individual clothed and positioned in such a manner in a public area in broad daylight in the presence of countless other individuals could have a reasonable expectation of privacy,” wrote D.C. Superior Court Judge Juliet McKenna in her ruling (see complete ruling at the bottom of this article) on a defense motion to suppress evidence in the case against Christopher Cleveland.
Cleveland, of Springfield, Va., was arrested in June 2013 after U.S. Park Police officers said he appeared to be photographing women wearing dresses who were seated above him on the memorial steps.
According to court records, officers found numerous shots of women’s crotches and buttocks on Cleveland’s camera after his arrest.
However, the judge did not allow those photographs to be used as evidence.
McKenna wrote in explanation of her decision, “The images captured were not ‘incidental glimpses’ and in fact were images that were exposed to the public without requiring any extraordinary lengths whatsoever, to view,”.
McKenna added that although his actions may have been legal – his behavior was “disturbing”.
“The fact that the Defendant was intentionally photographing publicly exposed areas of women’s clothed and unclothed bodies…is repellent and disturbing,” she wrote.
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Also on Thursday, a Georgia woman said she was shopping when a man crept up behind her.
“I turned my head and I saw that there was a man behind me with his hand up my skirt,” she said.[su_csky_ad]