Puyallup man charged with taking upskirt videos with hidden camera at local mall

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PUYALLUP — Police call it an elaborate hidden camera system, built into a hand-held shopping basket with tape and screws, cardboard and newspapers.

“The subject did have a covert camera inside a modified hand-held shopping basket and had been taking upskirt video of unknowing folks inside the South Hill Mall in numerous locations,” Puyallup police Capt. Scott Engle said Monday.

According to police, the  suspect, Nicholas Shreck, 36, would follow young women around the mall and get close enough to slide the camera into position.

“It’s actually happened to me before when I worked at another retail store and I felt violated, to be honest, and I don’t think it’s right and I’m glad that he got caught and arrested,” Amy Finnerud said.

Shreck was charged with one count of voyeurism. A not-guilty plea was entered on Shreck’s behalf in Pierce County Superior Court Monday, and bail was set at $150,000.

Police served a search warrant on Shreck’s home after his arrest and say what they know so far may only be the tip of the iceberg.

“It appears we’ve also discovered in excess of 100,000 digital photographic images. At first glance some of these images also appear to be child pornography. So this is turning into a large case for investigators,” Engle said.

The South Hill Mall is very popular with families and young girls.

Parents here are shocked and saddened about what happened and the impact it could have on his victims.

“Right now I’m so frustrated over this situation that I can’t even believe that that happened and it still happens and continues to happen every single day. People think it’s no big deal, and it is a huge deal. It’s a huge deal. That’s disgusting. It just makes me lose respect for guys like that so it’s not much to say. Not much to say. It’s just gross,” shopper Traci Adams said.

Police say Shreck shot video at other locations all over Pierce County at department stores and grocery stores.

“There are certainly more victims out there. We absolutely know that. Has cooperated in this investigation so far and fully has a problem and was doing this for his own sexual gratification. So we’re very glad to get him off the street and behind bars,” Engle said

 

 

 

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12 comments

  • Bill

    In Washington state, it is perfectly legal to film up any woman’s skirt, as long as she is in public.
    The state Supreme Court ruled Sept. 19, 2002 that Washington’s voyeurism law does not apply to ‘upskirt’ photography.
    Western political science professor Paul Chen said many citizens might be confused about why the court would make such a decision.
    “This decision is going to bother most people,” Chen said. “(The court is) constitutionally powerless to do what people want them to do.”
    The court unanimously decided the voyeurism statute, which prohibits viewing or filming anyone in a place where they would have “a reasonable expectation of privacy,” does not protect people in public.
    According to current Washington state law, any part of a persons body can be filmed or photographed as long as they are in public.

    • RobM

      That’s really special you want to defend that behavior Bill. I guess you don’t have a wife or daughter that it would bother you to have this done to? BTW, I’m pretty sure that the law has been changed since that 2002 decision. Just as it was dealt with recently in Mass after a similar incident.

    • Les

      Sorry Bill, you’re wrong. Per RCW 9A.44.115, section (2)(b), you cannot legally film intimate areas of another person without that person’s knowledge in public:

      (2) A person commits the crime of voyeurism if, for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of any person, he or she knowingly views, photographs, or films:

      (a) Another person without that person’s knowledge and consent while the person being viewed, photographed, or filmed is in a place where he or she would have a reasonable expectation of privacy; or

      (b) The intimate areas of another person without that person’s knowledge and consent and under circumstances where the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, whether in a public or private place.

  • Chippy

    If only there was a way men could easily view photographs of stranger’s vaginas in the privacy of their own homes, this tragedy could have been avoided.

  • DooWop

    If the women were in a public place there was no expectation of privacy and therefore this filming is 100% legal. A sharp attorney will have these charges tossed.


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