Man used phone to ‘upskirt’ female shopper at Cobb Walmart, police say

Christopher Brownlee

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Christopher Brownlee

A Sandy Springs man is accused of using his cell phone to record up a woman’s dress at a Cobb County Walmart.

Marietta police have charged Christopher Brownlee with one count of knowingly using/installing a device to observe, record underneath or through an individual’s clothing, which is a felony offense.

According to an arrest warrant, Brownlee allegedly entered Walmart at 1785 Cobb Parkway South in Marietta around 6:53 p.m. Monday, April 8 and “used a shopping basket to conceal” his use of a cell phone to record women.

Brownlee’s cell phone was pointed in an upward angle to capture video under a woman’s dress. When confronted about his actions, Brownlee admitted to a Marietta cop that he used the phone to record up the alleged victim’s dress, the arrest warrant charges.

The officer obtained surveillance footage from the store’s security office, which shows Brownlee allegedly placing the shopping basket on the floor near the woman’s feet. The video shows Brownlee following the woman around the store and get behind her at the checkout counter.

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“Said accused again placed the shopping basket, which contained the the phone, near her feet,” the officer wrote in the warrant.

A search of Brownlee’s phone revealed recordings of the woman’s private areas under her dress, the warrant adds.  Brownlee, 24, was booked into the Cobb County Jail and remains held without bond.

The Georgia General Assembly in 2017 passed a bill making 'upskirting' illegal, which then-Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law. Before that, there was no specific law against this lewd behavior, which is defined as covertly videotaping of a person's private parts in a public place.


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