A man charged with the offense informally known as “upskirting” turned himself in this week after a Statesboro Police Department detective identified him in connection with a May 25 incident, said an SPD spokesperson.
A booking report from the Bulloch County Jail showed Dylan Thomas Lee, 20, of a Blueberry Court, Brooklet, address charged Wednesday with “use or install(ation) of device to film underneath/through clothing.”
The May incident occurred at the Walmart Supercenter on Northside Drive, said SPD Community Information Specialist Madison Bridges Warren.
“It would appear that the suspect used his cellphone to either photograph or video up a victim’s skirt in the checkout line,” Warren said. “They were able to identify him through various evidence and took out a warrant on him.”
Georgia’s upskirting law has been in effect only since July 1, 2017, after it was passed by the General Assembly that March and signed by Gov. Nathan Deal.
In a July 2016 ruling, the state Court of Appeals had found that Georgia had no previous law prohibiting such photography in a public place. With this ruling, the Appeals Court overturned an invasion of privacy conviction against a former grocery clerk who used a phone in 2013 to take videos up a woman’s skirt as she shopped at Publix store in Houston County.
The 2017 law states that the offense is punishable as a felony by imprisonment for one to five years and a fine of up to $10,000 but that it can be reduced to a misdemeanor at a judge’s discretion.
Warren said she was not aware of any previous arrests Statesboro police had made under this law.