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Woman’s photo taken illegally at retail store

Jun. 14, 2013 @ 09:56 AM

BARBOURSVILLE — A 25-year-old retail store employee was arrested this week and charged with photographing a 20-year-old woman as she tried on a bikini bottom, according to court and police documents.

The incident happened about 1 p.m. Monday at American Eagle Outfitters, a national retail chain located at the Huntington Mall in Barboursville.

The suspect, Jonathon Fay Roberts of Culloden, let the would-be victim in the fitting room and then placed a cellphone under its door to take a photograph, according to a criminal complaint filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court. It charges Roberts with misdemeanor criminal invasion of privacy.

Barboursville Police Chief Mike Coffey said his officers seized Roberts’ cellphone, which is undergoing a  forensic analysis.

The Huntington victim told police she screamed when she noticed a black cellphone being pushed under the fitting room’s door, according to the complaint.

The man immediately fled, but was spotted by the victim’s sister, according to the complaint.

Roberts was arraigned in Cabell County Magistrate Court and detained Monday at the Western Regional Jail. He was released Tuesday on a $25,000 bond, court and jail records state. His next court date is set for early August.

Local management at American Eagle Outfitters deferred comment to their corporate office, from which a spokesman later responded saying the employee was no longer employed by the company. The store is cooperating with law enforcement.

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