FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:June 26, 2014
Contact: Heather F. WilliamsonCommonwealth’s Attorney’s Office20 East Market StreetLeesburg, VA 20176-2809(703) 777-0242
GREAT FALLS MAN SENTENCED TO JAIL IN“UPSKIRTING” INCIDENT AT WEGMANS
LEESBURG, Virginia – June 26, 2014. Shahram Ghassemi, 32, stood before a Loudoun General District Court Judge to be sentenced after being pleading guilty of one count of Unlawful Filming of Another. Commonly referred to as “upskirting,” the behavior describes an act whereby camera or video equipment is used to covertly photograph or take videos up the skirt or dress of unknowing females.
On May 26, 2014, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputies were summoned to the Sterling Wegmans store after Wegmans loss prevention employees observed Ghassemi utilizing his cell phone to take “upskirting” photos of a woman shopping in their store.
Ghassemi was sentenced to 60 days of active jail time for the incident. Additionally, Ghassemi received 120 days of suspended time, he will be required to undergo a sexual deviance evaluation, and upon his release from jail he will be placed on one year of supervised probation.