The president of a popular restaurant chain back east has been charged after he was found videotaping women in one of the restaurant's bathrooms. Let's take a look at his situation, and learn more about the crime he would be charged with (Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification) if this had occurred in Denver, Arapahoe, or Jefferson County, or anywhere in Colorado.
Restaurant President Hid Secret Cameras in Women's Bathroom
According to the news, the police were made aware of the situation after a camera fell on the floor next to a woman while she was in the restaurant's bathroom. During the investigation, six videos of unidentifiable women were found on the camera. Also found on the camera was a video of the man who hid it – identifiable as the president of the restaurant chain. As a result, he is facing 12 counts of multiple crimes. If this situation occurred in Douglas, Adams, or Arapahoe County, he would likely face six counts of Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification, a Colorado sexual offense.
What is Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification?
Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification is often charged as a result of a peeping Tom incident. We have discussed peeping Tom charges in detail in past posts, but let's look at the definition again:
“A person who knowingly observes or takes a photograph of another person's intimate parts without that person's consent, in a situation where the person observed or photographed has reasonable expectation of privacy, for the purpose of sexual gratification, commits unlawful invasion of privacy for sexual gratification.”
Put simply, if you take videos, pictures, or look at someone's intimate parts without their permission when they are in a place they can reasonable expect privacy (such as a bathroom, dressing room, or their own home), you will face these sex crime charges.
Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification: An Extraordinary Risk Sex Offense
A conviction of this offense has long-term consequences – consult an attorney if you've been charged.
This crime is both an extraordinary risk crime and a sex offense. Crimes which pose an extra risk to society are considered to be more dangerous, and are labeled as “extraordinary risk.” They are subject to harsher sentences. Also, Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification is a sex offense, which means a person convicted of this crime would be required to register as a sex offender and go through sex offender treatment. Because this crime has long-term consequences, it is wise to consult an expert criminal defense lawyer if you have been contacted by the police regarding this offense. Don't put your future in the hands of an overwhelmed public defender or an inexperienced criminal defense attorney. Instead, contact an experienced, hard-hitting, knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer from the O'Malley Law Office for a free consultation to discuss your situation and plan your defense.Request a Free Consultation