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Experts: Victims may have civil case against UH Manoa voyeur

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The University of Hawaii at Manoa says it has identified the man who has been taking pictures of women and uploading them to a pornographic website. But so far, UH is not releasing his name.

More than 140 women have been identified. Because they are in public spaces on the UH campus, and because they are fully clothed, it doesn't appear that the photographer broke any laws even if vulgar and sexual comments were attached to the pictures.

"I felt so violated! I've never had that happen to me before," says Chaslene Halog, a UH senior. 

"The fact of the matter is, there's nothing illegal," says Myles Breiner, a defense attorney who is a member of the ACLU. "Unless there's some economic loss, simply someone saying something mean or inappropriate about you, unless you can show damages, there's not a lot you can do."

UH Law Professor Linda Hamilton Krieger agrees that criminal action can't be taken, but believes the women do have a civil case.

"It seems to me, this is pretty clearly intentional affliction of emotional distress," says Krieger. "This person has intentionally done something to them that a reasonable person would know would cause distress."

The pictures were taken down after Hawaii News Now aired the story Monday night. On Tuesday, a handful of the women affected sought counseling from the UH Women's Center.

"Its upsetting, its concerning, and its a sense of loss of control over a situation and that's the most upsetting for the students," says Leslie Cabingabang of the UH Women's Center.

Some of the women affected are filing complaints with DPS and the women's center is assisting them with that process.

"This is something that we will not tolerate, and regardless of whether or not this is a crime, it is being addressed," says Cabingabang.

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