Duluth Man Accused of Recording Upskirt Videos at MOA Enters Guilty Pleas

Duluth Man Accused of Recording Upskirt Videos at MOA Enters Guilty Pleas Photo: KSTP

August 20, 2018 04:16 PM

A Duluth man accused of using a camera to record video underneath women's skirts at the Mall of America last summer has pleaded guilty to two counts of interference with privacy.

Court records show 25-year-old Benjamin Thomas Goldsmith entered the guilty pleas Monday in Hennepin County. He had been facing 30 counts of interference with privacy, though the remaining 28 counts were dismissed.

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He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 22.

According to the criminal complaint, Mall of America security staff received reports of a man — later identified as Goldsmith — using a camera to record video underneath women's skirts in July 2017. Witnesses told police he hid the camera inside a sweatshirt.

When security officers approached Goldsmith and asked what he was doing, Goldsmith ran, according to the complaint. He was later detained.

Witnesses told police they saw Goldsmith walk past a woman wearing a skirt four times and angle the camera to capture video underneath her skirt.

According to the complaint, investigators obtained a search warrant to search Goldsmith's phone and camera. The complaint states a memory card had 77 videos showing "intimate female areas."

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