Woman upskirted at retail store seeks to re-write improper photography law

Man responsible let go since improper photography law was ruled unconstitutional

SAN ANTONIO – Almost a year has passed since Halie Powell was upskirted while shopping at a local retail store.

"He got about a 10-second video," Powell said.

The man responsible was let go since the improper photography law was ruled unconstitutional.

"Since this has happened me, it's definitely made me more cautious of the way I stand and unfortunately what I have to wear. I don't wear as many skirts or dresses anymore," Powell said.

Powell has now taken it upon herself to try and re-write the law. She is preparing to introduce Senate Bill 1446 and House Bill 3196

"The bill last year that was being questioned was specific to if you were being recorded in a public bathroom or a dressing room. This bill is specific to if it happens to you anywhere it is illegal." Powell said.

Several others bills just like Powell's will also be introduced this legislative session.

"There's between three and five other bills that are similar to mine, and I am 100 percent supporting all of them," said Powell.

Powell is also working closely with Comal County Criminal District Attorney Jennifer Tharp. Tharp said she receives new cases of improper photography on a weekly basis.

"Help me understand how you have a First Amendment right to take a picture underneath another woman's skirt. Help me understand that because I think it's inappropriate and I think it's wrong," Tharp said.

Powell is hopeful her year-long battle against improper photography will end this legislative session.