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December 14, 2017

It’s not child porn if you take the photos at your local Target store

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Pedophiles rejoice and parents cringe after judge rules pervert Patrick Buono did not commit a crime when he took an upskirt photo of a 13-year-old girl at a Target store. Image credit: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

It’s okay to take photos up middle school girls’ skirts,  as long as you do it in a public place.

That’s what Oregon judge Eric Butterfield ruled Thursday when 61-year old Patrick Buono was brought to trial for crouching in the aisle of his local Target store and snapping photos up the skirt of a 13-year-old girl.

Privacy laws explicitly prohibit Buono’s brand of photography in areas such as rest rooms, dressing rooms and locker rooms. However, Buono’s lawyer, Mark Lawrence, said even though the pervert admitted to taking the shots and was caught on surveillance cameras, his actions were permissible because the Target aisle was a public space.

To add insult to injury, Lawrence said the following in Buono’s defense: “It’s incumbent on us citizens to cover up whatever we don’t want filmed in public places.”

Yup, because the area between a 13-year-old’s legs is also a public place.

Sidenote:  Buono escaped a child pornography charge because the girl’s private parts were “covered up” by underwear and her conduct was not sexual. Since the child was not naked and the setting was a public place,  the judge called Buono’s behavior lewd and appalling, but the pedophile did not “technically” commit a crime.

“We knew what this man had done, and we knew why he did it,” said prosecutor Paul Maloney. “And it’s incredibly frustrating that, under the current interpretation of Oregon law, this is not a crime.”

Get the full story from the Oregonian.

 

Parents, what do you think of this decision? Share your thoughts below.

 


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3 Comments on It’s not child porn if you take the photos at your local Target store

  1. I’m afraid he wouldn’t have made it to court to “get off” on his technicality. I would be spending some quality time with fellow inmates for beating the pedophile black and bloody blue. If my husband is present, he might not even survive. I don’t believe that thirteen year old girls should have to refrain from wearing skirts because some pervert wanted to get his rocks off and violate her privacy. The judge is as guilty for appalling and lewd behavior in following the language of the law instead of common law sense.

  2. I Think the police need to keep an eye on this judge, and I think citizens in Oregon and other states need to ask their reps to change the language of the law so that these things are illegal. A child should be able to walk through a public space and be safe, they should not have to wear burkas or cover themselves from head to toe to avoid predators.

    • The guy got off (no pun intended) by a technicality. The judge followed the letter of Oregon’s current laws rather the spirit of these laws. It’s time for the Oregon legislature to tighten these up so pervy freaks like this guy don’t skate through the criminal justice system.

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