A Virginia man is facing charges for allegedly videotaping under women's skirts in public places.
Airports Authority police began an investigation of 26-year-old David Solomon in June after a couple that had just flown into Dulles International Airport complained that it appeared a man had been following them and taking pictures. Solomon allegedly stayed particularly close to the woman as he followed them on every escalator. Then the couple saw a telephoto lens sticking out of the man's messenger bag.
The man wore an employee nametag from the Borders bookstore at the airport, so police were able to identify him quickly. Police also learned that Solomon had been accused of similar transgressions in the past.
Solomon had been convicted on three counts of unlawful filming for videotaping female students while he was at the University of Virginia in 2006 and 2007.
Investigators got a search warrant for the Reston townhouse where Solomon lives with his parents and seized cameras, flash drives, a laptop computer and a home computer. They found 700 videos in which Solomon allegedly aimed his camera up women's skirts dating to his days at UVA, police said. They also found 80 images of child pornography that investigators believe Solomon downloaded on to the computers. They even found a guide explaining how to get the best up-skirt shots.
Thanks to his prior conviction, Solomon could face a tougher punishment in the future. After that case, UVA campus police lobbied the State Legislature for a tougher law, and now a third unlawful filming offense is a felony.
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