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Children are the alleged victims in recent arrest

Sex crimes involving children as potential victims can be very serious, from statutory rape to sexual conduct with a minor to possession of child pornography. Police and prosecutors usually take a special interest in pursuing those alleged to be involved in these types of activities. So, when reports surface of an arrest at a Target department store centering on an individual suspected of taking video recordings under the clothing of minor females, most of our readers know that the consequences could be severe.

According to the reports, the incidents in question occurred on July 21. Obviously advances in technology make video recording much more prevalent in today's society, especially with cell phones that are equipped with cameras and video recorders. The reports in this case indicate that a 32-year-old man was the suspect, and when he was approached by authorities he apparently resisted arrest. It appears that he also attempted to destroy the evidence of the video recordings in the struggle. He was ultimately charged with the illegal video recording activity, as well as resisting officers with violence and tampering with evidence.

It does not appear that the charges in this case will rise to the severity of other sex crimes involving minors. Some of the most serious charges in California result in an individual being required to list himself as a registered sex offender - often for the rest of the individual's life.

Nonetheless, cases like this may become more common as technology advances. Determining what is and what is not private these days seems to be a tall order indeed. However, for this 32-year-old suspect, it appears that the lines in this type of situation will be drawn sooner rather than later.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Davis man accused of videotaping under girls' clothing," Cathy Locke, July 22, 2013

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