A man in Utah was arrested for voyeurism after he was caught taking pictures under women’s skirts at City Creek Mall in Salt Lake City.
Creeping with a cell phone
41 year old Stephen Grogan of New Jersey, who is in Utah doing training with the National Guard was arrested last week after he allegedly used the camera on his cell phone to take some pictures from under multiple women’s skirts at a clothing store in City Creek Mall. Witnesses reported that Grogan would pretend to shop for clothing in the women’s section of the store and when he would bend down to look at clothes, he would snap a picture looking up under the skirts of nearby women. The husband of one of the women was able to use his cell phone to take a picture of Grogan which was used by authorities to locate and arrest him for suspicion of voyeurism.
Utah Code 76-9-702.7 states “A person is guilty of voyeurism who intentionally uses any type of technology to secretly or surreptitiously record video of a person:
(a) For the purpose of viewing any portion of the individual’s body regarding which the individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy, whether or not that portion of the body is covered with clothing;
(b) Without the knowledge or consent of the individual; and
(c) Under circumstances in which the individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy.”
Criminal and military penalties
Voyeurism is punishable as a class A misdemeanor and if no technology is used, the penalty would then be a class B misdemeanor. Along with the civil penalties Grogan faces, he will also have to face additional penalties, demotions, or loss of clearance that could be handed down by the chain of command in his military unit.