‘Creepy’ man with camera hid in bushes, took photos of women at Va. beach

Yorktown Beach

YORKTOWN, Va. – Police banned a Newport News man from the beach in Yorktown after sunbathers accused him of taking photos without their permission. The man, witnesses said, hid in the bushes and used to big lens to take close up shot of bikini-wearing sunbathers.

“First I was kinda giving him the benefit of the doubt like maybe he’s sight seeing or something like that, but then I was like, the lens is down a little too far and it aimed like he was getting behind girls so he’d get their butts and stuff,” witness Miranda Joy told WTKR.com.

Miranda Joy reported the man to police.

Miranda Joy reported the man to police.

Police responded to the beach Thursday for the initial call and returned Saturday when others reported the man with the camera. Police said they’ve been called to the beach to investigate the man several times over the last few years.

“It’s three years that he’s been doing this, and our people don’t feel comfortable so our deputy banned him from the waterfront, and our bans are typically for a year,” York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office Lt. Dennis Ivey said.

The man refused to show police his photos. Police said he was not charged with a crime because he did not break any laws. Investigators said county laws allow the sheriff to restrict anyone from public land.

3 comments

  • Derrick George

    Not to be a jerk but what happened to no expectation of privacy in public. I don’t agree with the guy taking photos of women on the beach but its his right. You are in public. If you want privacy go to a private beach. I can see a lawsuit coming out over this.

    • Peter Blaise

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      C’mon, folks, everyone has a camera — gather around this guy, introduce yourselves, make this personal, get to know him, and let him get to know you — take his picture, and broadcast with your own story — set an example.

      Photography in public is not a permissioned activity.

      How can you ban someone who has not committed a crime?

      Police, if you are called, thank and protect the photographer for exercising 1st Amendment protected free speech rights, protecting all Americans — this is not Saudi Arabia, North Korea and so on for a reason:

      Photography is Speech.

      Photography is Free Speech.

      Carry your camera with you all the time, everywhere, and shoot everything — and bring it back alive.
      .

  • Morning Dew

    Since when is York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office part of Virginia Beach. The headline is misleading.

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