Hobart man accused of touching, photographing women at store

2013-06-11T18:30:00Z 2013-06-12T11:32:08Z Hobart man accused of touching, photographing women at storeDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | A 21-year-old Hobart man was charged with sexual battery after he was seen exposing himself and shooting photos up a woman's skirt at a Hobart department store, police said.

Ashley Javon Toney was charged in Lake Criminal Court with one count of sexual battery, three counts of public indecency, public voyeurism and public nudity, police said.

Toney, a registered sex offender, also was previously convicted of sexual battery and criminal confinement in Porter County, said Hobart police Sgt. Jeremy Ogden.

Police Detective Nicholas Wardrip was called to Kohl's, 1601 Southlake Mall Drive, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday by security workers, who had observed, via the store's video surveillance system, a man standing close to a female customer, Ogden said.

The man, later identified as Toney, was using the digital camera/video equipment he was carrying to take photos up the skirt of the female shopper, police said. The suspect was later seen touching his genital area, police added.

In a second incident also observed on the store's video surveillance, Toney was seen walking up to a Kohl's employee and asking her for help in picking out items for his girlfriend, court documents state.

While the employee had her back to Toney, she felt something brush up against the upper portion of her buttocks, she told police.

The store's surveillance video shows Toney touching the employee's buttocks with his genitals exposed, court documents state.

Toney, who was transported to Lake County Jail, was being held without bond Tuesday, Ogden said.

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