Man pleads guilty to secretly taping woman’s dress

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WILKES-BARRE — A Mahanoy City man was caught on camera using his cellphone camera to secretly record a woman’s dress inside the Walmart Supercenter earlier this year, court records show.

Instead of a Luzerne County jury seeing the secret recording, 24-year-old John Edwin Chimbay Lucero opted to plead guilty to the invasion of privacy and harassment charges before Judge David W. Lupas on Tuesday.

Lucero was due to stand trial this week.

Prosecutors withdrew two other counts of invasion of privacy and one count each of criminal attempt and disorderly conduct against Lucero.

Lupas said he would convict Lucero on January 20. Lucero could be required to register his address as a sex offender for 15 years under the state’s Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

Wilkes-Barre Township police accused Lucero of taking illicit video of a woman who tipped off store staff on May 13.

When the woman described the man, CCTV operators spotted Lucero still inside the store.

Lucero was followed by the store’s surveillance cameras walking from the electronics department and randomly took a pair of photos without looking at price and size, according to court records.

Lucero was observed via surveillance cameras waiting outside a dressing room where, according to court records, he pulled his cell phone from his pocket and opened three videos searching for the woman’s dress.

According to court records, police said earlier footage showed Lucero in the electronics department in close proximity to the woman where he knelt down in a way that made it possible to tap her dress.

Lucero remains free on unsecured bail of $25,000.

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