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Suspect Filming Students at Georgia State University

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jan 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Authorities released warnings to students at Georgia State University regarding numerous reports to a man on campus.

According to these reports, several students have been secretly filmed in campus restrooms by an unknown suspect. So far the incidents have occurred in the University Commons, the Student Center and the Main Campus Library.

Anyone with information has been asked to come forward.

As a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney, it is clear the charges the suspect will face if identified and arrested. Privacy crimes in Georgia are taken very seriously. In today's post, I will elaborate on the law behind the offense of unlawful surveillance in the state of Georgia.

Unlawful Surveillance in Georgia

Unlawful Surveillance in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. §16-11-62 as:

  • By intentionally overhearing, transmitting, recording or attempting to overhear, transmit, or record the private conversation of another that originates in any public place;
  • By using a device to observe, photograph, or record the activities of another that occur in a private place out of public view without the consent of the persons being observed;
  • By going on or about the premises of another or any private place for the purpose of invading the privacy of others by eavesdropping on their conversations or secretly observing their activities;
  • By intentionally and secretly trying to intercept by the use of any device, instrument, or apparatus the contents of a message sent by telephone, telegraph, letter, or by any other means of private communication;
  • By divulging to any unauthorized person or authority the content or substance of a private message;
  • By selling, giving, or distributing, without legal authority, any photograph, videotape, or recording of the activities of another which occur in any private place and out of public view without the consent of all persons observed.

A conviction under O.C.G.A. §16-11-62 will be a felony conviction punished by prison between one and five years or a fine up to $10,000.00, or both.

Practice Note

Not everyone who has been accused of committing a crime is guilty of a crime. If you have been arrested in Georgia, call our offices now. We can help you today.

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