A woman trying on clothes at a southwest Oklahoma City store got quite a surprise when she noticed a cell phone camera slip beneath the dressing room door to take a picture of her.
The woman says that while she was shopping at a store located at 2729 SW 29th when she decided to try on a pair of pants. A store manager, identified as Dong Woong Jeeong, 47, escorted her to a fitting room so she could try on the clothes. As she stepped into the dressing room, she noticed a cell phone slide under the door to take a picture.
The woman told police that she stepped out of the room to confront Jeeong, but he told her that someone else had attempted to take her picture, and that he had been trying to run the person off of the premises. She told police that she knew it was the store manager because he had a "distinctive" cell phone case.
An employee of the store gave an account that seems to support the woman's accusations. The employee said she witnessed the manager reaching under the door with his cell phone camera, and she said it is not the first time he had taken pictures under the dressing room door while women were trying on clothes.
Reports say Jeeong was arrested and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on peeping tom and indecent exhibition complaints.
The Oklahoma peeping tom law is found in the state statutes in 21 O.S.§ 1171. In this statute, there are three different kinds of "peeping tom" acts, each with its own potential consequence.
"Peeping tom" in general refers to loitering or lurking around a place where someone has a reasonable expectation of privacy in an effort to try to see
that person in a state of undress. This can mean peeking through windows, under bathroom stalls, and in locker room showers. Any clandestine attempt
to invade the privacy of others in an effort to look upon the person's body with lewd and lascvious intent is considered the act of a peeping tom.
It is a misdemeanor punishable by a year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.
If the peeping tom act involves the use of photographic, electronic, or video equipment, the consequences are much more severe. Secretly recording or photographing someone in a state of undress, when that person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, with the intent of viewing that photograph or recording for sexual stimulation is a felony punishable by a maximum of 5 years in prison.
The third act of peeping tom also includes clandestine photography or video, but in a public place. It is a misdemeanor to secretly photograph or video the private areas of a person when that person has the reasonable assumption that his or her private area is covered, as in the case of "upskirt photos," where the victim does not realize the perpetrator has held his or her camera in such a way to take a picture beneath a woman's skirt.
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