Fairfax County Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Fitting Room Filming

A man suspected of filming dozens of women and girls in store fitting rooms in Fairfax County, Virginia, pleaded guilty to four counts of unlawful filming.

Mumtaz Rauf, 39, was accused of using tiny cameras to film at least 60 women and girls in store fitting rooms in at four different shopping centers, police said. Of the charges Rauf pleaded guilty to one was a felony count and three were misdemeanors. One of the charges involved filming a juvenile.

Police believe Rauf filmed the women and girls at the Forever 21, Gap, H&M and Old Navy at Fair Lakes Promenade, Fair Oaks Mall, Springfield Town Center or Tysons Corner Center between Dec. 15 and 24.

He was initially arrested and charged with a felony for unlawful video taping on Dec. 24, when police responded to a report from a young woman who saw a black device pointing down from the wall of her dressing room.

Police say that case led to a larger investigation in which detectives were able to identify two women and one female juvenile victim. All three victims contacted the Fairfax County Police Department and believed they were recorded in December.

The first victim to contact police said she was inside the Forever 21 store at about 4 p.m. on Dec. 24 when she believed photos might have been taken of her, police said.

A store employee then saw a man leave the store and officers found the suspect inside a dressing room of an H&M store nearby.

Police said they found over 100 videos of at least 60 women and girls in states of undress.

Sentencing for Rauf will be Sept. 13. He faces up to five years on the felony and 12 months on each of the misdemeanors.

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