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Kennewick Woman Upset After Unknown Man Takes Pictures Of Her Using His Cell

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Many people use cell phones cameras to capture pictures or images of friends but a recent situation upset a woman in Kennewick.  

The victim told police a man she did not know was using his cell phone to take pictures of her from behind in a public near the 100 block of North Morian.

His actions reportedly made her uncomfortable but according to police and the Franklin County Prosecutor, his actions were not illegal.

The Video Voyeurism Prevention Act restricts people from taping or filming someone when they would have a reasonable expectation of privacy like being in a dressing room or bathroom, but Kennewick Police say if you feel unsure or uncomfortable contact authorities.  

Sergeant Scott Child said,"It's not illegal to take pictures of people while they're in a public place but the question we would have to ask is why are you taking those pictures.  You never know where these contacts can lead."

The Franklin County Prosecutor Steve Lowe said there was a situation where students were violating each other with their cell phone cameras at one our the local schools. 

In recent years Washington lawmakers have made the rules and penalties tougher for violators.

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