UPDATED: Sex offender suspected of taking pictures under woman’s skirt at Wal-Mart

08/11/2014 1:56 PM

08/13/2014 12:34 PM

A registered sex offender has been arrested in Wichita on suspicion of using a cellphone camera to take pictures under a woman’s skirt while she was shopping in a Wal-Mart store, records say.

The incident occurred about 6:57 p.m. Saturday while the woman was in an aisle at the Wal-Mart store at 501 E. Pawnee, Wichita police Capt. Troy Livingston said Monday. When the woman reached over to get an item, a man allegedly sneaked up from behind to take a snapshot, Livingston said.

According to jail records, Richard Lee Johnson, 50, was arrested Saturday and booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of breach of privacy and use of concealed recording equipment. Johnson is being held on a $50,000 bond.

A police report says a witness saw a suspect using a cellphone camera to take pictures under the skirt of a 54-year-old woman. An officer looked at recorded video surveillance of the alleged crime, the police report says.

The suspect is a registered sex offender, the report says. Information in the report matches identifying information on Johnson, who is listed as a registered sex offender whose address is in the 1000 block of South Market.

The crime that put him on the registry is “aggravated burglary-sexually motivated,” according to the registry. The burglary occurred in September 1997 in Wichita, and Johnson was sentenced in 1998 and served time in prison. His sentence ended in December 2009.

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com.

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