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Alert customer led to arrest of alleged 'up-skirt' photographer; suspect released on bail
Police were tipped off to an alleged "up-skirt" photographer by a keen-eyed customer in the grocery self-checkout line at Safeway, according to court records filed in the case.
Angus Andrew Leger, 32, was arrested by Bainbridge Island police Wednesday afternoon after officers watched him allegedly follow a high school girl from the Safeway store to the Rite Aid store and take photos of the girl's "intimate areas" with his cell phone camera without her knowledge.
Police were first tipped off, however, on Feb. 13, when Leger was spotted by a Safeway customer. The customer said he saw Leger kneel down behind a 15-year-old girl and take a photo under her skirt.
An in-store security camera confirmed the witness's account of the incident, which happened at 3:17 p.m., shortly after school was dismissed for the day at Bainbridge High.
Four days later, a Safeway store employee standing in a checkout line just before 7 p.m. told police that Leger was seen kneeling down behind a 22-year-old woman. A store video showed Leger placing his cellphone camera underneath the woman's skirt.
The third incident happened just before noon on Feb. 26. Leger was seen on a Safeway store video kneeling behind a 17-year-old girl, and using his cell phone camera to take a photo beneath her skirt.
According to court documents, police began a surveillance of Leger and watched him for several days. Leger repeatedly entered local grocery stores, appeared to look around for young women in skirts, and followed them around the store.
Police said he did it several times a day, and often left without buying anything.
After his arrest, Leger allegedly admitted to detectives that he had been taking videos of "pretty, young females" for his own sexual pleasure, and had taken roughly 50 videos.
Over the past three months, he told police, he had escalated his activities. He also said he had 10 videos still on his cell phone and had emailed six or seven videos to himself.
Leger was charged with two counts of voyeurism for the Feb. 13 and Feb. 19 incidents on Thursday.
He was released from the Kitsap County Jail on a $50,000 bail bond just after 6 p.m. Thursday.
If found guilty, each charge carries a prison sentence of up to five years and/or a $10,000 fine, plus restitution and court assessments.
Leger is scheduled to appear in court March 21 for a status hearing, said Kitsap County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kellie L. Pendras.