Piedra Pleads Guilty to 'Upskirting' Charge

Westchester District Attorney today announced that a Sleepy Hollow man pled guilty in county court of taking pictures under women's skirts in a White Plains Target store last summer.


Jose Piedra, 48, of Sleepy Hollow, arrested in August 2011 after being caught by White Plains Target store security , today pled guilty in Westchester County Court.

Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Piedra, of Sleepy Hollow, pled guilty of one count of unlawful surveillance in the second degree, a felony.

Piedra was caught on Target’s surveillance video holding his cellular phone under women’s skirts, or “upskirting” them unawares, according to DiFiore. As White Plains Police were searching the store for the culprit, store security apparently continued to watch video of Piedra doing the same thing to another woman in the store.

Police with a warrant retrieved several video clip files of at least three women under similar circumstance on Piedra’s phone.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 13. He faces maximum possible sentence of four years in state prison, and Piedra would have to be registered as a sex offender.


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