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[UPDATE] Video Voyeur with Hidden Camera Headed to Prison


UPDATED
September 11, 2013 by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee man accused of filming up women's skirts with a hidden camera is now headed to prison for it.

Charles Korst was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday, followed by two years on community control and three more on probation. He'll be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life.

Korst was arrested in January 2012 after a woman in Publix noticed the camera in his basket and confronted him.

When police searched his home later, they found a computer with "beneath skirt" videos of women at stores all over town as well as child pornography.

Korst plead no contest to five felonies and more than 80 misdemeanors.


UPDATED 2.14.2012 6:30pm by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee man is accused of secretly videotaping beneath the skirts of dozens of women.

Charles Korst was initially arrested for an incident at the Publix sushi counter.

A review of his computer hard drive revealed 88 "up-skirt" videos and court records indicate one of them is of a girl as young as 10.

Police went to Charles Korst's home in search of a camera. They found an external hard drive taped to the back of his dresser. On it, they say, were dozens of videos that showed women's faces and the view beneath their skirts.

"It's shocking and it's violating," said shopper Jessica Koon. "I I come here all the time, run in, run out, and would have never suspected anybody of doing anything like that."

"I think it's outrageous for someone to want do something so egregious as to look up someone's dress," said fellow shopper Tongy Rodriguez. "Get him off the street."

Arrest papers show Korst "skirted the law' most often at Publix, but investigators say there were shoppers at Best Buy, Target, Wal Mart, Home Depot and Bed Bath and Beyond who were captured on tape by the accused video voyeur.

Perhaps the most shocking? Arrest papers say at least two of the victims were children under 16.

Court papers show Korst followed a young teen in Home Depot for more than 16 minutes taking at least 8 shots beneath her skirt and even removing the camera from the basket to get a full body shot.

The other young victim is estimated to be between 10 and 12 years old. That video appears to be taken in the toy aisle at Wal Mart.

"He wouldn't have been lasting long in the aisles had I seen somebody trying to do something like that. I think people need to pay more attention to their kids," said shopper Brian Durham, "and people need to pay attention to the surroundings."

Arrest papers say some of the video clips even include full or partial views of Korst's own face.

Most of the videos were taken between February and October of 2011.
Korst is accused of videotaping as many as six women in one day.

Police also found what they say are three pornographic pictures of young children on Korst's computer hard drive.

He is facing 86 misdemeanors and five felonies. His bond is set at $75,000.

Korst's attorney had no comment on the most recent charges.
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UPDATED 2.14.2012 9:30am by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee man arrested for video voyeurism last month is now facing dozens of new charges.

Charles Korst is facing 86 new charges of video voyeurism (misdemeanors), two counts of video voyeurism on a child under 16 (felonies) and three counts of possession of child pornography (felonies).

Prosecutor Jon Fuchs says the charges were filed after a review of Korst's computer hard drive. He says there were even more videos on the computer, but he pressed charges only for videos that showed beneath women's skirts or showed women's undergarments.

Fuchs says the videos appear to be taken at stores all over town, including Home Depot, Walmart and Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

Korst was arrested last month outside the Lake Ella Publix after a woman reported he was using a camera in his grocery basket to try to film up her skirt.

Korst is slated to make an appearance before a judge this morning.

Fuchs says investigators do not beleive Korst created the images of child pornography. He says those appear to be downloaded images.

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January 10, 2011 by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee man is accused of stashing a camera in his grocery basket and trying to take pictures beneath a woman's skirt. He was caught and we soon discovered this was not his first venture time.

It happened at the Lake Ella Publix just after noon on Monday.

TPD arrest papers say a woman at the sushi counter first noticed a man's handheld grocery basket brushing up against her leg. She didn't want it to snag her pantyhose, arrest papers say, so she moved. Then it happened again and when she turned around she noticed a camera in the corner of his basket "with the lens extended."

Tallahassee Police arrested Charles Korst in the parking lot soon afterward on charges of video voyeurism.

"I find it shocking that someone would even do such a thing honestly. I'm just glad that the woman ran him off and he was caught," said Publix shopper Anna Smith.

A check of Leon County court records shows Korst has been arrested for voyeurism seven times. Most of them are misdemeanors and they date back to 2004.

WCTV did a story on him in 2006 when he was accused of taking pictures of women in the fitting room at Target.

Court records indicate that over the years he's done 10 days in jail, been on probation, done community service and even entered a treatment program.

This time, he's charged with a felony.

"It makes you angry that he hasn't learned his lesson. So maybe we need to teach him a lesson," shopper Connie Walberg said as she loaded groceries into her car.

"The authorities definitely need to know where he's at all the time. There's no telling what this guy is capable of doing. It may lead to something else," shopper Steven Walker said.

Korst was released from jail on $5000 bond. His attorney Bill Davis says he does not comment on a pending case and has no comment on Korst's past run ins with the law.


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