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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ind. Courts - "Voyeurism law passes Indiana Senate"

Remember the stories last summer about the "shoe camera man"? Here is a long list of ILB entries. As this entry on June 27, 2010 explained:

But law experts say although secretly videotaping up people's skirts may seem very wrong to most, it's not a crime according to current state law. * * *

"Those charges would have to be dropped because quite simply a court would have to dismiss them because there's no basis for them," said Henry Karlson, a retired IU law professor.

According to Indiana statute, voyeurism is defined as peeping in a dwelling or dressing room. Videotaping up someone's skirt does not apply. And in court today, the prosecution conceded it doesn't have a voyeurism case and agreed to drop those charges.

Well, in case the issue should ever come up again, Indiana will have a law for it, if SB 19 passes.

WANE out of Fort Wayne is reporting:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) - On Monday, Senate lawmakers voted 42-8 to strengthen Indiana’s voyeurism law by prohibiting criminals from taking inappropriate photos or video of unsuspecting Hoosiers in public places, according to State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne). * * *

Wyss’ proposal would make it illegal to take indecent images of an unsuspecting person’s private area in public. This legislation – commonly referred to as the ‘upskirt’ ban – now moves to the House for further consideration.

“Advances in technology have led to smaller, more versatile cameras,” Wyss said. “It’s unfortunate that some people choose to use them in devious ways. Our state law needs to keep pace with technology and help protect innocent individuals from such acts in the future.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 25, 2011 11:23 AM
Posted to Indiana Law