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Columbia man faces two more invasion of privacy charges

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Mugshot of Ronald Dameron taken on July 20, 2021.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

A man already facing three cases related to secretly taking photos of women at stores faces two more charges.

Boone County prosecutors charged Ronald Dameron on July 12 and July 16 with attempted invasion of privacy. Police in both cases said women accused Dameron of following them around stores in Columbia and possibly trying to take pictures up their skirts.

Dameron faces three other similar charges in Boone County since August 2020. Four of them allegedly happened in May of this year. Only the one from August 2020 is a felony.

In a case filed July 12, one woman reported Dameron following her around the HyVee on Nifong Boulevard on May 3. She said at one point, the man bumped into her in one of the aisles and remained close to her throughout the store. Video surveillance allegedly showed Dameron "take what appeared to be his cell phone and place it between her legs and under her skirt." Officer Margaret Franks wrote that Dameron allegedly did this three times before the woman turned around to see him.

A second case, filed July 16, claims Dameron did nearly the same thing to a woman at the JC Penney on May 18. The woman reported the incident to police on June 2 after seeing an ABC 17 News report on Dameron's previous cases. Cameras at the department store apparently show Dameron "bend at the waist" about a foot away from the woman before she turns around.

Dameron was arrested by court security on Tuesday for these two cases. A hearing set at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

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Lucas Geisler

Lucas Geisler anchors the 5 p.m. show for ABC 17 News and reports on the latest news around mid-Missouri at 9 and 10 p.m.

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