Woman challenges Texas law after falling victim to upskirt photography

Woman challenges Texas law after falling victim to upskirt photography

Woman challenges Texas law after falling victim to upskirt photography

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by Rogelio Mares / KENS 5

KENS 5

Posted on May 10, 2014 at 12:26 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- A woman who recently accused a man of taking photos up her skirt decided to show her face and share her story publicly for the first time.

Her name is Halie Ricketts. She's been busy trying to get justice for what she claims happened to her at La Cantera mall in late April.

"A guy stuck his cellphone up my skirt and took videos of me," Ricketts recalled.

The suspect in the case has not been criminally charged because of a recent court ruling that determined Texas' improper photography law is unconstitutional in the Fourth Court of appeals, which includes San Antonio.

Ricketts said her experience has motivated her to take action. She doesn't want to become a victim, even though, legally, she has little recourse.

Ricketts' cause has caught the attention of two state lawmakers: Lyle Larson and Doug Miller.

"She reached out to us and that's very important," said Fritz Reinig, chief of staff for State Representative Doug Miller. "We might not otherwise know that something needs to change."

State Rep. Lyle Larson said he sent a letter to Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed, offering his support in Ricketts’ quest for justice.

We reached out to Reed's office, asking what, if any, actions prosecutors have taken regarding Ricketts' complaint.

Although KENS 5 has yet to receive a response, Halie vows to press on with her fight until she gets some form of justice.

"I've decided I'm going to be so loud about this because, unfortunately, it wasn't just myself on his cellphone," Ricketts explained. "It has also been stated that he did have 50 plus videos on his cell phone."

According to Ricketts, all of those explicit videos were pointed up the skirts of different women.

"I would like to tell him that I am not stopping at any cost," Ricketts said. "I'm going to make this law constitutional, for myself and for the 50-plus other women that you did this to. You picked the wrong person to mess with and I'm not stopping."

Click here to sign Halie's petition to state lawmakers.
 

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