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Columbia man does not qualify as a sex offender for “upskirting”


A Columbia man has been charged for a fifth time in a little over two months, and the sixth time in a year, for invasion of privacy, but he will not be charged as a sex offender.

In the state of Missouri, the crimes that require an individual to register as a sex offender include, kidnapping a child, prostitution, sexually exploiting a child, child pornography, obscenity, incest, sexual contact with a resident of a nursing home, and sexual abuse. In the state of Missouri, invasion of privacy does not fall under these charges.

Second-degree, misdemeanor offense Invasion of privacy, is defined by JUSTIA as "Knowingly photographs or films another person, without the person's knowledge and consent, while the person being photographed or filmed is in a state of full or partial nudity and is in a place where one would have a reasonable expectation of privacy."

Former Cole County prosecuting attorney described the difference between felony/misdemeanor county invasion of privacy.

"Invasion of privacy is a misdemeanor unless the images taken are disseminated, or they have been convicted of a prior offense," Tackett said.

Dameron was convicted and plead guilty to second-degree felony invasion of privacy in 2014. He was also convicted and plead guilty to the same offense in 2018.

Dameron received five more misdemeanor charges between May and July of this year. Each time he was arrested for these charges, he got out on bond.

According to a probable cause statement, Ronald Dameron is most recently accused of stalking and attempting to take pictures up a woman's skirt on July 7 at the Daniel Boone Library. The victim reported on July 13, Dameron was following her and taking pictures under her skirt in different parts of the library.

The court denied Dameron bond due to several pending cases with similar conduct alleged. Dameron was charged with invasion of privacy six times this year.

Dameron has a bond hearing at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

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Leila Mitchell

Leila is a Penn State graduate who started with KMIZ in March 2021. She studied journalism and criminal justice in college.


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