COLUMBIA — Secretly taking a photo or video from underneath a person’s skirt would be banned under anti-peeping law, if a bill proposed this week becomes law in South Carolina.
Rep. Rita Allison, R-Lyman, said constituents were worried about the practice of “upskirting” after a Supreme Court decision in Massachusetts declared it to be legal. Lawmakers of the state quickly passed legislation to prohibit the secretive photography.
“I’ve had mothers of young children that called me about, ‘Is this covered?’” she said. She said when she checked to see if South Carolina’s voyeurism law included up skirting, she found that it did not.
Allison’s proposal, H. 4912, would add upskirting to the list of activities that are illegal in South Carolina.
A first offense is a misdemeanor and carries a fine of $500 and a sentence of up to three years. Any offense after that, the crime is a felony, and a maximum find of $5,000 and possible prison term of five years.
“Before we didn’t have the technology that we do today, and we probably didn’t have a lot of the problems we have now,” said the Spartanburg County Republican.
A search of Georgia bills yielded no similar proposal pending before the Legislature.