Florida man accused of taking pictures up woman's dress says he did it 'for fun'

Suspect arrested on video voyeurism charge

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor, Amanda Castro - Reporter/Anchor

WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. - A man accused of using his cellphone to take pictures up a woman's dress as she was standing in line at 7-Eleven told authorities that he did it "for fun," according to the Winter Springs Police Department.

The victim said she was at the convenience store on U.S. Highway 17-92 Tuesday night when she felt as if she was being watched while she was standing in line at the register. When she turned around, she saw a man, later identified as Joshua Rivera, with his cellphone up her dress, the report said.

The victim's friend, who was sitting in a parked vehicle outside the store and saw what happened, confronted Rivera and asked him what he was doing, according to the affidavit. Police said Rivera began fumbling with his phone then walked out of the store and drove off.

A witness called 911, saying she thought the victim's friend and Rivera were going to get into a fight.

"He wanted his phone to see what he had on his phone and the guy was like, 'No, there's nothing on my phone,'" the 911 caller said.

Rivera was tracked down thanks in part to the victim and her friend writing down his license plate number, the report said. Police said Rivera told them that he took the photos up the victim's dress "for fun."

Lt. Nicholas Romano said Rivera's comments are "concerning."

"In law enforcement as a whole, I believe that's something that definitely would cause suspicion or cause us to wonder if this is the first time that he's done this," Romano said.

Romano said investigators don't believe there are other victims, but said they are still investigating.

"At this time I don't believe there is any other concerns. We're hoping this is an isolated incident," Romano said.

Rivera's cellphone was seized as evidence and he was arrested on a video voyeurism charge. He has since been released from the Seminole County Jail after posting bond. 

Rivera did not answer the door at his home when a News 6 reporter knocked Wednesday afternoon.

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