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Man accused of taking 'up-skirt' photos pleads not guilty

November 5, 2011 | 12:27 pm

A 22-year-old Valley Center man has pleaded not guilty to charges of taking thousands of pictures of unsuspecting women and girls, some by pointing his iPhone camera up their skirts.

Julio Cesar Garcia, a former tire company employee, entered his plea Friday and remains in San Diego County jail in Vista in lieu of $275,000 bail.

Garcia is charged with drunk driving, drunk driving causing injuries, 16 counts of invasion of privacy, two of annoying someone under age 18, and one of giving a tattoo to someone under age 18. The drunk-driving counts are felonies, the others are misdemeanors.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Tracy Prior called Garcia's actions "extremely disturbing" but added that there is no evidence that Garcia touched any of his victims.

Escondido Police Department Lt. Craig Carter said authorities have photos of about 100 different victims, though the count could exceed 100. Authorities have identified four victims who will aid in pressing charges.

The victims were between 15 and 30 years old, Carter said, with one in her 60s.

Garcia’s secretly filmed girls at a school bus stop and also filmed female shoppers at stores in northern San Diego County, Carter said.  The investigation revealed that stores ranged from an ice cream parlor to a pet store to a mini mart, and even a women’s apparel store, Carter said.

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego and Matt Stevens in Los Angeles

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