Union City man faces charges of sexual battery
Posted: Monday, August 24, 2009 9:02 pm
A Union City man faces multiple charges after police allegedly discovered digital media showing videos of victims being filmed without their consent.
Richard Herrera of 615 East Vine St., Union City, was initially arrested Wednesday on charges of sexual battery, attempted sexual battery and two counts of unlawful photographing in violation of privacy, according to a Union City Police Department press release.
After further investigation, Herrera was also charged with theft over $1,000 and 16 additional counts of unlawful photographing in violation of privacy, as well as one count of indecent exposure.
The sexual battery and attempted sexual battery charges stem from a July 10 incident at Walmart, where Herrera is accused of inappropriately touching a woman. The charges also include unlawful photographing due to Herrera’s allegedly using a digital device to photograph under the victim’s skirt.
A separate incident at Walmart on Aug. 14 led to charges of unlawful photographing in violation of privacy, Union City police reported.
The additional charges of unlawful photographing in violation of privacy stem from a search warrant conducted at Herrera’s residence. During the search, police allegedly found digital media which showed videos of victims being filmed without their consent. Victims were photographed at local establishments, as well as on city streets. At this time, there are unidentified victims, police reported.
The investigation into these incidents is continuing.
The charge of indecent exposure is due to an alleged incident at Skaggs Market in Union City, where Herrera is accused of exposing himself to a female clerk, while the charge of theft over $1,000 is due to Herrera’s allegedly keeping property that belongs to his former employer, according to the press release.
Published in The Messenger 8.24.09