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OC photog busted for 'up-skirt' pics of teen

May 10, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A professional photographer was busted for the lewd photos he allegedly shot of a teenage girl on her way to school. It's a crime that was all caught on surveillance tape. And new details were released about how authorities tracked him down.The suspect is a married man with a 4-year-old daughter. He lives a few miles from the Capistrano Valley High School, where the incident occurred.

Surveillance video shows Lamont Dennis allegedly following a teenager as she walked to Capistrano Valley High School in San Juan Capistrano early Friday morning. Dennis is accused of taking a picture of the girl, looking up her skirt, using a BlackBerry camera phone.

"He was able to take the photo. A very alert parent dropping off her daughter at school saw the suspect running from the victim. She got out of her car, asked the girl what had happened. She informed the mother, who contacted police," said Orange County Sheriff's Dept. Spokesman Jim Amormino.

Dennis was arrested at his Mission Viejo home later that night.

"I was pretty amazed they did it so quickly, said "Bob," a Mission Viejo resident.

One man's security cameras helped authorities identify the suspect as he cut through his property to get away. His identity isn't revealed because he fears for his safety.

"I'm amazed, first of all that he was able to be so bold. If you look at the video again, there's several cars around during morning time," said Bob. "It was pretty brazen in my opinion."

No one answered the door at Dennis's home. His address is listed in connection with a multimedia production company called Planet 9 Productions. Dennis lists his occupation as a videographer.

In other online photos, he poses with a gun with the caption, "I'm such a redneck." Another one shows him joking around, dressed in a jail uniform.

Authorities say Dennis has never been in serious trouble with the law until now. Investigators are going through his laptop computer, a 35 mm camera and his BlackBerry phone.

"Based on his occupation there is a concern that he may have additional photographs of victims," said Amormino.

Dennis posted bail and was released.

If you have information about Lamont Dennis, you're asked to call the Orange County Sheriff's Dept. at (866) TIP-OCSD (847-6273).


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