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San Diego County Man Arrested for Taking Thousands of “Upskirt” Photos

November 11, 2011

Fred Thiagarajah

On November 2, 2011, Julio Cesar Garcia was arrested for taking thousands of “upskirt” photos.  Mr. Garcia would use his mobile phone to take pictures and videos up women’s skirts, without their permission.  Garcia has been charged with more than 20 misdemeanor counts including secretly filming a person, annoying / molesting a child and loitering near a child.  There are photos depicting about 100 different victims, with the ages mostly ranging between 14 and 30, although at least one victim appears to be in her 60s.  The one misdemeanor count of loitering near a child stems from him secretly filming girls at a school bus stop.

Penal Code section 647.6, which prohibits annoying / molesting a child, is usually a misdemeanor but a conviction requires mandatory sex offender registration pursuant to Penal Code section 290.


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