ST. PETERSBURG — A man who used a shoe camera to videotape up the skirts of unsuspecting women pleaded guilty Monday to multiple charges of video voyeurism and was sentenced to 45 days in jail.
Police said William B. Wright, 55, may have videotaped thousands of women before he was arrested in November 2009. Police said they caught him at that time using a videocamera hidden in his shoe to look under the skirts of unsuspecting women at the Publix Supermarket at 7999 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N.
Investigators said they found 200 video files with images of about 2,300 women on Wright's computer. He was charged only in the cases in which victims could be identified.
Wright pleaded guilty Monday to one felony and nine misdemeanor counts of video voyeurism. The felony charge stemmed from an incident in which a 5-year-old child was videotaped inside a restroom.
As part of the plea agreement, Wright also was sentenced to five years of probation. He now lives in Tennessee.
Police said Wright would closely stand behind women wearing skirts or dresses while at local businesses. He was believed to have frequented stores in St. Petersburg and Tampa, including Walmart, Home Depot, Sears, Target, Staples, Office Depot, Winn-Dixie, Dollar General, Big Lots and the St. Petersburg Ale House.
Assistant State Attorney Mark McGarry said the plea agreement means the women who were videotaped will not have to go through the embarrassment of testifying about what happened. He said state guidelines did not call for prison time for Wright, who previously had a clean criminal record. While on probation, Wright will not be allowed to buy video equipment or pornography, or use the Internet.