Jefferson City Police arrested a man Saturday during the Salute to America celebration for a peace disturbance.
47-year-old William Payne bonded out of the Cole County Jail early Sunday morning.
Witnesses reported Payne was allegedly taking inappropriate pictures of people at the Salute to America event.
One of those alleged inappropriate pictures included Matthew Storzer’s 11-year-old daughter. A witness told Storzer and his wife what was going on.
“My wife told me a good samaritan came up to her and he noticed that a man was taking photographs and zooming in on my 11-year-old daughter’s behind and taking photos of her behind,” Storzer said.”
The witness gave Storzer a description of Payne. He immediately reported what happened to Jefferson City officers.
Storzer said he later ran into Payne and confronted him about the alleged pictures.
“He refused to make eye contact or even answer my questions,” Storzer said.
Police arrived on scene and began questioning Payne. Storzer said officers searched Payne’s camera and cell phone before arresting him for peace disturbance.
“What was he going to do with these pictures of my daughter – my 11-year-old daughter?” he said. “But I know now that he does not have these pictures and he will never have them.”
On Monday, Jefferson City Police said besides peace disturbance, no other crime can be applied to this instance.