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Probation Ordered for Man Convicted of Taking Photos of Swimmers

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

UPDATE: Fri 4:14 PM, Feb. 14, 2014

A 59-year-old Irma man accused of attempting to take photos of two women changing at a beach last August has reached a plea deal with prosecutors and will spend two years on probation.

James Losey pleaded no contest to amended misdemeanor charges last month.

According to the criminal complaint, the victims said they were at Tug Lake Park near Merrill when they noticed a man watching them and holding a cellphone in away that appeared to be like he was recording them.

The women, both age 23, said they were extremely afraid and called a parent to come to the park so they could return to their car and leave.

The two women went to the changing rooms to change out of their swimming suits to leave. However, that’s when the women said they saw the man through a vent in the women's bathroom and saw him hold his phone up to the window. They told investigators they also heard the sound of a camera shutter.

Losey did admit to being at the beach, but denied any wrongdoing.

He must undergo counseling and can not be at public swimming facilities.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 11:33 AM, Aug. 29, 2013

A 59-year-old Irma man accused of taking photos of two women changing at a beach north of Merrill on August 26 has pleaded not guilty.

James Losey is charged with attempting to capture an image of nudity and disorderly conduct.

According to the criminal complaint, the women said they were at Tug Lake Park when they noticed a man watching them and holding a cellphone in away that appeared to be like he was recording them.

The women, both age 23, also told investigators the man pulled down his pants exposing his underwear.

The women said they were extremely afraid and called a parent to come to the park so they could return to their car and leave. At this time more people showed up at the beach the women said they felt comfortable enough to return to their vehicle.

According to court documents, the women noticed the man had gotten up from the picnic table he had been sitting at, and was now in his truck.

The two women went to the changing rooms to change out of their swimming suits to leave. However, that’s when the women said they saw the man through a vent in the women's bathroom and saw him hold his phone up to the window. They told investigators they also heard the sound of a camera shutter.

According to the criminal complaint, Losey left the scene was arrested a short time later.

Losey did admit to being at the beach, but denied any wrongdoing.

When officers did locate Losey they seized his phone but discovered no photos. Officers believed Losey had deleted them.

Based on statements from the two alleged victims and four additional witnesses Losey was arrested.

He is free on a $2,000 signature bond and is expected to return to court on Sept. 12 for a scheduling conference.


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