A Buffalo man has been charged with using an iPhone to look up the skirts of women on a busy downtown street, Buffalo police reported.
Daniel P. Knoble, 28, of Sayre Street, was arrested by Officer Thomas Duffy at Main and Court streets at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was accused of using an iPhone he installed in a shoe to get close enough to women at the intersection to film them from below their skirts.
Knoble was charged with second-degree unlawful surveillance and disorderly conduct.
Police said Knoble cut a hole in the top of his shoe to allow him to insert an iPhone that he allegedly used to film footage “for his own sexual arousal or sexual gratification.”
The camera, according to a police report, “would film images up the female’s skirt or dress without permission from these females.”
Police did not report the number of alleged victims.
The case appears to be the first in Buffalo involving the use of a cellphone to invade the privacy of unsuspecting women by filming up their dresses, but other cases have been reported elsewhere, including in recent weeks.
In late July, a New York City urologist was arrested and charged with unlawful surveillance. The 39-year-old physician was accused of using a cellphone to videotape an unsuspecting woman on the New York City subway system.
Three weeks later, in Fairfield, N.J., a 37-year-old man was accused of using a cellphone to videotape under the skirt of a woman he trailed at a Target department store, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.
Police told the Star-Ledger the incident was part of an Internet phenomenon called “upskirting,” in which men surreptitiously film unsuspecting women and post the footage on social networking sites, such as YouTube.