Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Norwood man arrested for "Upskirting".

Joshua Gonsalves
On June 24, 2014 at approximately 5:45PM Transit Police officers working in Area 4 received a radio call to respond to Forest Hills MBTA station for a report of a man taking pictures up a woman's dress. Upon arrival officers were met by the victim who informed the officers of the following; while standing in the upper busway she felt "something" brush against her knees. When the victim looked down she observed a man's hand, between her legs, holding an Apple iPad with the camera on facing up her skirt.

The offending male then boarded a Route 34 bus and left the area. The victim however provided officers with a detailed description and the officers were able to locate and stop the bus on the corner of Washington Street and Garfield Avenue. As the officers boarded the bus they immediately noticed a male matching the description and holding an Apple iPad. Officers escorted the male, later identified as Joshua Gonsalves 23 of Norwood, off the bus for further investigation. Gonsalves admitted to the deed and stated to the officers he heard on the news it was not illegal to "take pictures up a girl's skirt". Gonsalves was placed into custody for "Upskirting" and transported to Transit Police HQ for the arrest booking process. It is expected Gonsalves will be arraigned sometime today in West Roxbury District Court.

On March 7, 2014 Governor Patrick signed into law Chapter 272 Section 105 making the offending actions of Gonsalves illegal. This law is also known as "Upskirting".

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The events listed above are allegations; All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.