Sheriff: Outdated laws letting repeat offenders off the hook

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 19 at 5:21 PM

HOUSE SPRINGS, Mo (KMOV.com) -- Frank Fuchs is accused of hiding his cell phone to record women inside a grocery store restroom.

He was first charged with invasion of privacy back in march for a similar incident at a Save-A-Lot back in March, an offense which only carried a misdemeanor charge.

Fuchs is accused of hiding his cell phone in the ceiling tiles to record women using the toilet.

But the Jefferson County Sherriff tells News 4, his hands are tied.

“Do we have the laws that have caught up with technology, no I don’t think we have but that’s something the legislature needs to debate.”

So how can someone try to take pictures and video of people using the bathroom in a public place and only face a misdemeanor charge?

News 4 spent the day tracking down the county’s state representatives.

We called both state senators and all seven state representatives. Only one state senator—Ryan Mckenna—got back to us.

He says he can’t file anything until December, but it’s definitely something he’ll pursue.

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