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ISEE you, ladies.
Peeping Toms have been invading women’s privacy since time began, but now the perverts have become emboldened by newer, cheaper and increasingly better technology.
The number of people being prosecuted in the city for videotaping or photographing up women’s skirts has steadily risen over the last 10 years as smartphones have become more prevalent and the quality of the cameras on them has improved.
Statewide, the number of cases of unlawful surveillance using cell phone cameras, pen cameras or other spy gear has nearly doubled from last year — and Manhattan has nearly 80% of the cases, roughly 70 so far this year.Bryan Smith/for New York Daily News
The 14th Street-Union Square subway station. On Tuesday, Dr. Adam Levinson was arrested here for allegedly taking upskirt photos with a tiny camera. (Jefferson Siegel/for NY Daily News)
“He’s sick, ” said his lawyer, Howard Jacobs. “He’s compelled to do it.”
Hironaga pleaded guilty Sept. 5 and was sentenced to eight months on each of the low-level felony charges, to be served concurrently.
Hironaga is not alone in his fondness for Union Square.
Adam Levinson, 39, a renowned urologist, risked his reputation when he allegedly used a pen camera hidden in a newspaper to take photographs beneath a woman’s skirt on a southbound 4 train in August. He was busted when a straphanger noticed thought his behavior odd and notified a cop. Authorities said he had 19 pornographic images on the camera’s memory card.
The majority of peepers never take their case to trial — 28 out of 33 defendants from 2010 pleaded guilty.
“Unlawful surveillance like the cases we’ve seen recently is a deplorable violation of victims’ privacy, ” said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.“Tiny cameras and easily concealed digital recorders have led to a significant increase in this crime.”Robert Hain, an artist also known as Normal Bob Smith, who has been chronicling the spectacles in Union Square Park for nearly a decade, said the open vistas and tiered stairs make it ideal for peeping Toms.
“These peepers communicate with each other, they share strategies and they talk about their adventures of peeping, ” he wrote on his website, Normalbobsmith.com.