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Upskirt photographer sentenced to four months in jail
The Bainbridge Island man arrested for taking videos and photographs under the skirts of unsuspecting young women has been sentenced to four months in jail.
Angus Andrew Leger, 32, stood in a Kitsap County courtroom Monday to face two charges of voyeurism. Leger had previously pled guilty to the charges.
His sentence of four months takes into account time he has already served in jail since his arrest in March. With good behavior, it is possible that Leger will be released from jail in less than three weeks, said Bainbridge Island Detective Scott Weiss.
But Weiss also said that while Leger won't spend much time in jail, he won't likely be back around the island.
"I know he will be released in Pierce County, so I don't think he'll be back on Bainbridge Island," Weiss said.
Once released, Leger will have to register as a sex offender, then undergo a psychosexual evaluation and adhere to any resulting recommendations.
Weiss was in Kitsap County Superior Court earlier this week to address the judge as she considered Leger's sentencing.
"I thought it was important that I go down there to let the judge have all the facts before she made the sentencing decision," Weiss said. "Because she didn't (have all the facts)."
Weiss said that prosecutors rushed to get a guilty plea, noting that Leger was arrested on four counts of voyeurism, and only charged with two counts.
"I think there is a big difference between what he pled, and was found guilty for, and what we found," Weiss said. He added that Leger likely pleaded guilty to the charges so quickly because of additional evidence that would inevitably be discovered.
Bainbridge police sent prosecutors evidence related to the four victims they were able to identify when they arrested Leger.
Since then, forensic investigations into Leger's cell phone found 30 more videos and 421 additional photos of young woman at island locales, many of which constitute more incidents of illegal voyeurism.
"Of the 30 videos, we had four videos that were of victims we already identified," Weiss said. "We had another video of a new victim that we didn't know about when he was arrested."
Weiss said that the photos revealed 55 new victims.
"All appear to be juveniles or very young, probably middle school- or high school-aged," Weiss said.
"When all is said and done, just on his cell phone we found 57 new victims, add that to the previous four, and that's 61 victims before we even get the computer back," Weiss said.
Weiss noted that Leger's computer is still being investigated by forensic officials with the Secret Service and that even more evidence could be discovered.
The remaining media on Leger's cell phone that does not constitute illegal voyeurism may be just as disturbing. Since the videos or photos did not expose the young women, they do not constitute acts of voyeurism, Weiss said.
"The remaining videos were all of young females that he was following around Safeway and focusing on their tight-fitting clothing, like leggings," Weiss said. "He also followed a group of females, they look like they are freshman or sophomores, and he tried getting pictures down their shirts and blouses."