SALEM, Ore. — A Springfield mother whose 10-year-old daughter was allegedly videotaped by a neighbor for more than a year is seeking help from lawmakers to make the crime a felony.
Dana Bishop is charged with numerous misdemeanors for taping the girl.
Chrystal Stutesman, the victim’s mother, contacted lawmakers and already Senator Tim Knopp agreed to meet with her in Salem Wednesday. Oregon doesn’t have a video voyeurism law and she’s looking to change that.
“If we can punish them now maybe we can save kids before a worse crimes committed on them,” Stutesman said.
Senator Knopp agrees something needs to be done and told Stutesman that she would work with lawmakers from our area to see if they could come up with a bill that would make this a felony. He sees some pushback when it comes to regulating cameras around the outside of homes, and Stutesman suggested they specify the bill mention that videotaping would be against the law if it was for a deviant sexual purpose.
Last week a judge decided to keep Dana Bishop behind bars after a troubling letter written by Bishop surfaced which mentioned the girl.
“My immediate reaction is that how do we stop it. And as someone who was elected to serve people and legislate solutions to these types of problems, I immediately wanted to help out,” said Senator Knopp (R-Bend).
“I expected years before anyone would listen to me, so it’s really exciting and makes this situation feel so much better to know that people care what you are going through and that they are willing to work on it,” Stutesman said.
Stutesman brought her daughter along with her to the capitol to show her that you can’t just roll over when something happens to you, you can take action.
Detectives say so far the forensic investigation hasn’t turned up any physical evidence of bishops spying. It’s still ongoing. But if they don’t have any physical evidence, he will likely serve around year in jail if convicted.
It is getting late in the process to introduce a bill. That’s why the senator said the first option would be to see if there is a bill that exists in the process now that might be moving through the process that this could be attached to.