A Virginia man has been charged with voyeurism after police caught him allegedly using a camera with a telephoto lens to snap "upskirt" photos of women at the Lincoln Memorial, The Washington Post reported.
Christopher Hunt Cleveland was arrested June 19 after an officer observed him shooting photos on the memorial steps apparently of women seated above him, according to a search warrant. Cleveland then walked down to the Reflecting Pool and took photos of women there, the warrant stated.
President Barack Obama speaks in front of the Lincoln Memorial during a celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech, Aug. 28, 2013. (Getty Images)
When police approached Cleveland, he walked away and tried to remove his camera's memory card, the warrant said. Police ordered him to drop the camera and found numerous photos of women's crotches and buttocks, the warrant said, according to the Post.
Investigators also searched his car and found a laptop with at least 150 PowerPoint slide presentations, each with 30 or more upskirt and voyeuristic images taken around the D.C. area and dating back as much as a year, according to the search warrant.
Cleveland told authorities after his arrest that he had visited the Lincoln Memorial in the previous months to take pictures of women and said he didn't think snapping their underwear was illegal, according to the warrant.
Cleveland was also charged with assault on a police officer, the Post reported.