Legal Ethics

Lawyer who used shoe-mounted video camera to film up women's skirts gets 6-month suspension

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A Pennsylvania lawyer who used a shoe-mounted video camera to film up women’s skirts has been suspended for six months, followed by three years of probation.

Clayton William Boulware of Lafayette Hill had already pleaded guilty to two counts of invasion of privacy, for which he had been placed on three years of probation and fined $300, the Legal Profession Blog reports.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in a Sept. 4 order (PDF), also ordered Boulware to continue to receive mental health treatment and to file quarterly reports with the state Office of Disciplinary Counsel verifying that he is not a threat to repeat his criminal behavior.

The incident that led to the criminal charges against Boulware, an in-house corporate counsel at a nonprofit social agency, took place at a supermarket in Springfield township in 2008, according to a report and recommendation by the supreme court’s disciplinary board.

The report says Boulware, who is 6 feet 6 inches tall and wears size 15 shoes, attached a video camera to his shoe, entered the market and videotaped up the skirts of two females, including that of a 16-year-old girl.who was shopping with her mother. When the girl realized what was happening, she told her mother and store employees, who detained Boulware until police arrived.

Police searched the memory card of the camera, which showed Boulware attaching the camera to his shoe, walking through various stores and filming up the skirts and dresses of a series of unidentified women in stores and around the pool of his apartment complex.

The disciplinary board, which called the case one of first impression, found that the conduct was an aberration, that Boulware was remorseful, that he had sought and responded well to treatment and that such behavior was not likely to reoccur.

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