While going over some notes for work in the BU library in December, I took several pictures of a girl sittingat an adjacent table whose pants were loose and low exposing to the public the top of her buttocks. Apparently another student reported me when they saw me snap the pics. A little while later I was arrested and my phone confiscated. Despite not being initially charged I was arraigned this weeks for the charge of secret filming. My lawyer has not been easy to access so I wanted to get any feedback possible on a few matters. As far as I can tell 95% of cases prosecuted for this type of charge before involved a landlord, janitor, coach, etc. who used premeditation to install hidden cameras in PRIVATE areas such as locker rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms, etc. The other few cases seemed to again involve hidden or disguised cameras (pen cameras) which were placed in low positions to snap pictures up women's skirts or dresses. I feel that what I did is markedly different to these cases. The girl was sitting there in a public library. The level of privacy here much different than in a locker room, one's own house, or bathroom. The top of her buttocks were in plain view, not concealed under her skirt requiring me to camouflage and elaborately position a camera to invade her privacy. How are the photos I took different to the numerous paparazzi photos of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton with body parts accidentally exposed which are legally published on countless websites? This was the first time I have ever been arrested and I am extremely worried this type of charge will ruin my career in the healthcare industry. I would appreciate any feedback on my case and on any steps I should take. I have a pre trial hearing scheduled in April.
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