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Peeping Tom handed conditional discharge

A Vancouver man won't be spending any time behind bars for using his cell phone to secretly photograph a woman.

On June 21, 2013, a woman complained to Transit Police that a man standing behind her on the escalator shot footage up her skirt.

Robert William Kelly, 25, was eventually arrested, and appeared in Richmond provincial court last week, where he was handed a conditional discharge and a 12-month term of probation.

Greater Vancouver Transit Authority spokesperson Anne Drennan said Kelly is known to police.

Drennan said sex offences are taken very seriously by investigators, and Peeping Tom-like behaviour is considered a sex offence.

"We want women to report anything that occurs that makes them feel uncomfortable in any way. When we get info in a time manner, we can take these people off the (transit) system."

Kelly was charged with secretly observing/recording nudity in a private place, and secretly observing/recording for a sexual purpose.

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