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article imageCalgary man charged with secretly filming students at bus stop

By Arthur Weinreb     Sep 19, 2013 in Crime
Calgary - In addition to a charge of voyeurism, the 29-year-old man was also charged with leaving his 2-year-old daughter home alone while he went out to film girls waiting for a bus.
According to Calgary police, a man was seen acting in a suspicious manner in some bushes near a Calgary intersection. His actions were observed between 7 a.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday.
On Tuesday, after he left, a witness went into the bushes and discovered a video camera. Police allege the camera was set up to record students who were waiting for a bus at a nearby stop. When police arrived, they saw the man sitting in his car. They then learned he had left his two-year-old daughter home alone while he went out to do his filming.
The man was charged with one count of voyeurism. He also faces a charge under the Alberta Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act of being unable or unwilling to provide a child with adequate care or supervision.
The man's name is not being released to protect the identity of his daughter.
The man allegedly admitted to police he filmed the girls waiting for the bus, many of whom wore school uniforms, for his own sexual gratification.
The 29-year-old's common law wife was out of town when the filming took place. As to the little girl, Det. Theresa Garagan said, "She was still in bed sleeping, fortunately. Anything could happen. The child is safe." Garagan also said child welfare workers were called in to examine the situation.
Voyeurism is usually thought of as secretly filming people who are in a state of undress, having sex, or taking upskirt photographs and film. But under section 162(1)(c) of the Criminal Code, it is an offence for anyone to surreptitiously observe, including by mechanical or electronic means, or makes a visual recording of a person in circumstances that give rise to a reasonable expectation of privacy, if the observations or recordings are made for a sexual purpose.
If convicted, the accused faces a maximum punishment of five years in prison.
The 29-year-old was released on a Promise to Appear and is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 22.
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