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Emily Welker, Published July 26 2013

Man pleads guilty to snapping photo up woman's skirt

FARGO – A judge here has sentenced a Fargo man to seven days in jail after he pleaded guilty Friday morning to taking a cellphone photo under a woman’s skirt in a Target store.

Kasey Kitsch, 27, pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court to one count of disorderly conduct, a Class B misdemeanor.

Judge Wade Webb sen-tenced Kitsch to 30 days in jail, with all but seven days suspended, and a $225 fee. He also required Kitsch to write a letter of apology to his victim, which Kitsch already had done, and to have no contact with her.

Cass County prosecutor Cherie Clark said, “I, like most women, would be offended by this conduct – I believe Judge Webb was offended as well… I wish that we were able to charge more.”

Clark added that the conduct amounted to an extreme invasion of the victim’s privacy, but that there were no other options in state law under which to criminally charge Kitsch.

Police have said previ-ously that the conduct appears to be related to a practice known as “up-skirting,” in which a person takes a photo or video of a woman under her clothes without her con-sent for sexual gratification.

Clark said that Kitsch had told investigators he had not posted the image of the woman anywhere online.

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Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541