A 37-year-old man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly taking pictures and videos up a teenager’s skirt in public – the same offense he was sentenced for last week.
Gaspar Ortiz-Ortiz was booked into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of voyeurism.
Between 9 and 11 p.m. Monday, a man, who was later identified as Ortiz-Ortiz, attempted to take a photo underneath a 17-year-old female’s dress while in Walmart in the 4400 block of Meridian Street, according to Bellingham Police Lt. Michael Johnston.
Ortiz-Ortiz was sentenced Sept. 27 in a separate case for one count of voyeurism. He immediately appealed his conviction and posted $15,000 bond, according to Brandon Waldron, Whatcom County deputy prosecuting attorney – the court stayed his sentence (14 days in jail and 31 days on work release) pending the appeal.
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In August 2016, Ortiz-Ortiz was at WinCo Foods at 300 E. Bellis Fair Parkway when he took photos and videos up a 17-year-old girl’s skirt. A witness confronted Ortiz-Ortiz, but he quickly began deleting photos and videos off his phone, according to Whatcom County Superior Court records. He was detained by store staff until police arrived.
Authorities later found 585 photos and videos that depicted women’s behinds in several different stores, parking lots, fast food restaurants, a car wash and the Bellis Fair Mall, including the pictures of the teenager at WinCo, on Ortiz-Ortiz’s phone, according to court records. There were also videos taken up women’s skirts or dresses while they were walking, shopping or sitting down, court records indicated.
Ortiz-Ortiz is expected to make his first court appearance on the new voyeurism charge Wednesday afternoon.