Guam – A new measure introduced by Senator Aline Yamashita would toughen the penalties against anyone convicted of invading another person’s privacy.
In a release, Senator Yamashita cites the recent case of a man convicted of installing a camera in the women’s bathroom at eh Bank of Guam. he was only convicted of a misdemeanor. Senator Yamshita says her Bill #273 would make such acts a felony.
“Several jurisdictions have ‘Peeping Tom’ laws that make violations felonies”, says Yamashita in a release. “Currently, this invasion of privacy for sexual gratification through recording instruments is only a misdemeanor in Guam.”
“Privacy is a shrinking valuable aspect of life”, says the Senator in her release. “In the privacy of our own homes, or even in a restroom, we should feel safe and it is not an unreasonable expectation that we should be safe.”
READ the release from Senator Yamashita below:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
12 February 2014
Bill introduced to strengthen invasion of privacy laws
Recently a man was convicted in local Court for being a peeping tom after he installed cameras in the women’s restrooms of a local banking institution capturing thousands of images. Yet, he was only convicted of a misdemeanor crime.
This injustice to the victims prompted Senator Aline A.Yamashita, PhD, to introduce, today, Bill No. 273 -along with colleagues, Speaker Judith T. Won Pat, Ed.D., and Senator Tina Rose Muna Barnes- to make such an act a felony as part of Guam’s invasion of privacy laws. The senator thanks the Office of the Attorney General who has been instrumental in the measure’s design.
“With criminal acts come consequences,” says Yamashita. “As a victim spoke about the ugliness of the crime, I listened and as she spoke of the unfairness of the penalty, I told her we would do something about it.”
Several jurisdictions have “Peeping Tom” laws that make violations felonies. Currently, this invasion of privacy for sexual gratification through recording instruments is only a misdemeanor in Guam.
“To be violated – physically, mentally – through any means – face to face or through recordings or images- is unacceptable,” says Sen. Yamashita. “Privacy is a shrinking valuable aspect of life. In the privacy of our own homes, or even in a restroom, we should feel safe and it is not an unreasonable expectation that we should be safe.”