Oregon proposal would outlaw sneak photos up women's skirts
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A proposal advancing in the Oregon Legislature would close a loophole in state law that allowed a man to go unpunished after taking photos up a teenager's skirt.
Under the bill, surreptitiously taking pictures up women's dresses without their consent would be classified as a misdemeanor.
The state Senate unanimously passed the measure Tuesday, three months after an Oregon judge ruled a 61-year-old man did nothing illegal when he snapped photos up a teen's skirt in a Target store.
The judge found the act didn't violate the state's existing voyeurism laws because the girl was clothed and in a public place.
Several other states — including Kentucky, Florida, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania — have passed measures outlawing so-called upskirt photos, while a similar bill in Wisconsin stalled in the Senate.
The Oregon proposal heads back to the House for consensus.