GJ police: Man seen taking pix up skirt
A Grand Junction man told police he was texting when he was allegedly seen reaching his cellphone under a woman’s skirt at a downtown grocery store Sunday afternoon.
Joshua Beckner, 26, was ticketed on suspicion of invasion of privacy for sexual gratification, a misdemeanor, after witnesses said he allegedly knelt down next to a woman at City Market, 200 Rood Ave., reached his phone out underneath her and snapped what witnesses believed was a photo, according to a police summons.
Beckner denied taking a photo, saying he was “just texting,” the summons said. An officer found no photo after a consensual search of Beckner’s phone.
The phone was seized by the officer for analysis.
“Video surveillance clearly shows defendant making an obvious movement and gesture as if taking a photo,” an officer wrote in the summons.
Invasion of privacy for sexual gratification is a class 1 misdemeanor if someone “knowingly observes or takes a photograph of another person’s intimate parts without that person’s consent,” according to Colorado statutes. It can also be charged as a felony if the accused has a prior sex-crime conviction, or if the photographed victim is under age 15.
The Sentinel left a message with Beckner seeking comment. A phone number for Beckner listed on the police ticket wasn’t accepting calls Tuesday afternoon.