SALEM, Ore. — An effort to pass a law in Salem would make invasion of privacy, when it involves a minor, a felony. The effort coincides with the hearing of a Springfield man accused of secretly videotaping a 10-year-old girl for more than a year.
Dana Bishop is scheduled to appear at the Lane County Courthouse in late October for a stalking order, following multiple counts of invasion of privacy, all misdemeanor offenses. Officials say the offenses are misdemeanors because, while he allegedly used hidden cameras to spy on his 10-year-old neighbor, he didn’t record anything.
The victim’s mother and Sen. Tim Knopp pushed a bill to make the crime a felony offense, but it didn’t pass. So a political actions committee called Safe Kids, Bright Futures is being formed to help get it passed in the 2014 legislative session
“What we are going to do with the funds that we raise is basically compensate people for their travel to and from Salem because there are so many people interested in helping this cause and going out there and talking to their legislators and we want to help facilitate that and help have a network set up of who to contact and who to work with,” said Jacob Daniels, Safe Kids, Bright Futures Director.
In Oregon, invasion of privacy carries a maximum punishment of one year in jail and a fine. If convicted, bishop won’t have to register as a sex offender.
If the political action committee is successful, Oregon will join at least 34 states that have laws designating some form of video voyeurism as a felony
If the bill doesn’t pass, the group will try a ballot measure.