American Man Caught Taking Upskirt Videos of Women in Taipei Using Camera Hidden in Shoe

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A Caucasian man believed to be in Taiwan on a work visa was arrested over the weekend for allegedly taking upskirt videos of women on the streets of Taipei’s Ximending area using a concealed pinhole camera in one of his shoes.

The man, reportedly a 45-year-old American citizen, was seen following women on the streets as he suspiciously extended his foot beneath their skirts. A passerby, a man surnamed Chao, observed the unnamed man and immediately alerted the police of his suspicious behavior, according to Taiwan News.

Chao later posted the photos he took of the man on the Facebook group “I am a Wanhua person” (我是萬華人).

Police arrested the man at the scene and after some questioning, they found that he had a hidden camera in his shoe. The police discovered that his sock had a hole in it, which he purposefully wore to enable him to operate the hidden device in his shoe using his toe through the sock’s hole.

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Authorities found that the man came to Taiwan to work in April and has been residing in Taipei. Upon investigation, it turns out that the concealed camera was transmitting footage directly onto the man’s laptop computer, but he refused to give them the password and asked for a representative of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) to be present. CNA reported that the AIT later arranged a lawyer to accompany the man during the questioning.

Unfortunately, due to the lack of access to the computer, authorities couldn’t determine the number of female victims. They did, however, send the computer to the Criminal Investigation Division to have it decrypted by experts.

It is unclear at the moment what punishment the man will face, but if the police transfer the case to the Taipei District Prosecutor’s Office he could face charges including Offense of Interference with Personal Privacy and violating the Sexual Harassment Prevention Act.

Images Facebook group 我是萬華人 via Taiwan News

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