El Dorado County sheriff’s officials say they would like to talk to people who think they may have been victims of a man accused of taking inappropriate videos and photographs of women and children at area stores.
Andrew Lee, 49, was arrested July 14 on suspicion of annoying and/or molesting a child, and peeping. After the arrest, a search warrant was executed at Lee’s home and business. Sheriff’s detectives recovered a large amount of video and photographic evidence of unidentified women who were victims of what is known as “upskirting,” someone secretly photographing the area underneath their skirt, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. This form of voyeurism, or peeping, is normally done with a cell phone.
Sheriff’s officials said the incidents most likely occurred over the last year at Target and Raley’s stores in El Dordo Hills and TJ Maxx in Placerville, as well as numerous retail establishments in Sacramento County. They said the videos appeared to be of women and girls ages 16 to 40 wearing dresses or skirts. During the surreptitious filming, some of the victims’ faces were captured in the recordings, and detectives hope they will help identify those individuals. Sheriff’s officials said victim participation is vital in court proceedings.
People who think they may have been victims or who have information regarding the investigation are asked to call the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office’s detective bureau at (530) 642-4703.