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Invasion of privacy victim speaks out


One of Ronald Dameron's victims is speaking out in the hopes something can be done about Missouri's invasion of privacy law.

The woman's name will not be shared to protect her identity.

A Columbia man was charged multiple times for invasion of privacy after allegedly taking unwanted pictures.

The woman is one of several victims of Ronald Dameron, and although he has repeatedly been in and out of jail for looking or taking pictures up women's skirts, he is once again a free man and is not on the sex offender registry.

The woman said she hopes her story sheds light on a problem with the invasion of privacy law, she said needs to be fixed.

The woman said she went to Hy-Vee on Nifong to pick up some groceries on May 3rd, 2021, when she noticed a man following her.

"I noticed everywhere where I went this man was right there and again I was killing time waiting for texts so I was like that's weird I'm not really a paranoid person but this man was right up on me."

She said for 41 minutes, Ronald Dameron, stalked her every movement throughout the store.

"Like looking in his eyes and like letting him know I knew he was following me and he just blatantly did not care he had no regard for how obvious he was."

A Hy-Vee employee noticed Dameron following the woman and escorted her out of the store.

"He's like no I'm going to walk you out, so he did and he's like get in your car now, and I'm like what now why do I need to get in the car, so I get in the car and he's like he didn't leave he's here."

Later when she got home she received a call from a Hy-Vee security employee.

"I believe he said five of us managers reviewed your like 41-minute shopping experience and after reviewing the footage we recommend you call the police."

She would later learn what Dameron was doing while following her.

"So he did put his phone up my skirt three times that day, I still haven't seen them I don't know that I want to."

Because she and other victims spoke out, Dameron was charged with seven invasion of privacy charges, which prosecutors filed over two months.

A judge sentenced Dameron to two years of probation.

The woman said she hopes her speaking out will change the law to show more support to victims.

"I'm shocked how little protection women have in Missouri, and not just women, any victim especially when it comes to harassment or abuse."

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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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