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Police determining whether to lay charges in Oshawa voyeurism incident

File photo of a Durham Regional Police vehicle. CITYNEWS

Durham regional police are trying to find a man they say secretly videotaped several women shopping at the Oshawa Centre Mall.

Just after 2 p.m. in the afternoon on Valentine’s Day, police said a man was seen recording video with his cellphone of several women in their 20s walking together in the mall.

When alerted by another female shopper, the women confronted the man — who appeared to be focusing on their buttocks with the camera.

Police said he appeared to have erased the videos when the women confronted him. He then took off in a vehicle.

Police said one least one female followed him and took photographs of him, in order to identify him. Police have not yet released a photo of the man.

At this point, police are continuing to investigate and are also reviewing a decision by the Supreme Court of Canada on Feb. 14 to determine “if criminal charges are now applicable in incidents like these.”

In that ruling, the Supreme Court said a high school teacher in London, Ont., who used a pen camera to take videos of female students was guilty of voyeurism. A previous ruling by a trial judge said that while the students had a reasonable expectation of privacy, it was not clear the videos were taken for a sexual purpose.