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Court Upholds Police GPS Tactic

Sex offender arrested during attempted assault

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    A victory for Fairfax County, Va., police who arrested a sex assault suspect after attaching a GPS to his vehicle: The Virginia Court of Appeals upheld their tactic.

    The court ruled unanimously that police did not violate the rights of David Foltz Jr., a registered sex offender, when they attached the device to the bumper of his work van and tracked him as he drove around.

    The GPS log put Foltz near the scene of a sex crime, which prompted police to follow him in person the next day and arrest him during an attempted assault.

    Foltz claimed the GPS device amounted to an unconstitutional search and seizure and violated his privacy rights.

    The judges ruled there's no expectation of privacy on public streets.