Mason man charged in ‘up-the-skirt’ photo incident at West Chester Target

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West Chester Twp. police have charged a 42-year-old Mason man for allegedly taking “up-skirt” photos of shoppers at a local Target.

Brian Dente turned himself in at the police station on Beckett Road at around 10 a.m. Oct. 9, according to police. He was charged with two first degree misdemeanor counts of voyeurism.

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Two different women reported someone allegedly taking pictures or video under their clothes while shopping at Target in the Voice of America shopping center.

Both reports were made on July 28, the first at around 11:30 a.m. and the second at 2:30 p.m., according to police reports.

Brian Dente
Brian Dente

Township spokeswoman Barb Wilson said police made contact with Dente after the incidents near Target but did not have probable cause to arrest him.

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“Police investigated, they searched the contents of his phone — which can take some time — and uncovered evidence that offered probable cause for the arrest,” Wilson told the Journal-News today.

She said his attorney arranged for Dente to turn himself in.

Dente was scheduled for arraignment Tuesday but that hearing was continued to Nov. 27, because his attorney has asked for discovery, according to court records.

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