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Accused teen voyeur gets off on 'secret' loophole

Swedish court rules teen's filming of 21-year-old in store changing room wasn't "secret" because the woman spotted the camera.
By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Sept. 5, 2014 at 8:01 AM
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NORRKOPING, Sweden, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- A Swedish court ruled an accused teen voyeur wasn't "secretly filming" a woman in a store changing room because the alleged victim spotted his camera.

The suspect, who was 16 at the time of the filming in March, was charged under a new Swedish law banning "secret filming" of people in private areas, but the case was dismissed when the court ruled the filming in a Norrkoping clothing store couldn't be considered "secret" because the 21-year-old woman using the changing room spotted the teen filming her with his smartphone from under the door.

The woman, who said she "can't even go into changing rooms anymore," told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper she was "baffled" by the court's decision, but she does not plan to appeal.

The Local reported 12 people have been charged under the law since it was introduced in July 2013, but there has been only one conviction.

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