Man charged with tak­ing up­skirt pho­tos

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READ­ING >> A Berks County man has been ar­rested after po­lice say he was caught tak­ing up­skirt pho­tos of un­sus­pect­ing women in var­i­ous pub­lic lo­ca­tions.

Po­lice ar­rested Eric Milus, 57, of Sink­ing Spring, after an in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan in June. Po­lice said Milus was ob­served tak­ing “up­skirt” pho­tographs of a fe­male vic­tim, while she was shop­ping in­side the Lowe’s store at 2625 Shilling­ton Road.

Po­lice say a wit­ness, who was stand­ing close to the fe­male vic­tim, as well as Milus, con­fronted

him and Milus im­me­di­ately fled the Lowe’s store. The wit­ness pur­sued him out of the store and fol­lowed him to his ve­hi­cle. The wit­ness, along with other good Sa­mar­i­tans, de­tained Milus un­til Spring Town­ship Po­lice Of­fi­cers ar­rived at the scene.

Milus was briefly in­ter­viewed by Spring Town­ship Po­lice of­fi­cers at the scene. He im­me­di­ately sur­ren­dered his Ap­ple iPhone after ad­mit­ting that he did in fact use his cell phone while sur­rep­ti­tiously

cap­tur­ing “up­skirt” pho­tographs of the vic­tim with­out her knowl­edge or con­sent.

On Aug. 21, 2018, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was re­ferred to the Berks County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s De­tec­tives. Milus’s Ap­ple iPhone was foren­si­cally ex­am­ined by a com­puter foren­sic spe­cial­ist from the Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Foren­sic Ser­vices Unit.

Upon ex­am­in­ing and an­a­lyz­ing all the saved and stored data, which ex­ceeded over 7,500 files, de­tec­tives iden­ti­fied at least 31 lo­ca­tions in­volv­ing in­no­cent women who were vic­tim­ized.

To date, three of the 31 fe­male vic­tims have been iden­ti­fied as Berks County res­i­dents and one was iden­ti­fied as a 15-year-year old fe­male.

On Thurs­day, Nov. 8, the Berks County De­tec­tive’s Of­fice filed crim­i­nal charges and ob­tained an ar­rest war­rant for Eric James Milus at Dis­trict Judge Ann Young’s Of­fice.

On Fri­day, Nov. 9, at ap­prox­i­mately 11 a.m., Milus

sur­ren­dered to the Berks County De­tec­tive’s at their of­fice. Milus was ac­com­pa­nied by his at­tor­ney.

He is cur­rently await­ing pre­lim­i­nary ar­raign­ment be­fore Dis­trict Judge Ann Young.

Po­lice say his crim­i­nal be­hav­ior not only in­cluded lo­ca­tions within Berks County, but also ex­tended into Lan­caster County, Mont­gomery County, Ch­ester County, New Jer­sey and Texas.

The Berks County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice will be han­dling the prose­cu­tion of the of­fenses which have oc­curred within the Com­mon­wealth of Penn­syl­va­nia and have al­ready re­ceived McPhail let­ters from the re­spec­tive Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice in each county where women have been vic­tim­ized, po­lice said.

Milus is be­ing charged with sex­ual abuse of chil­dren, crim­i­nal use of a com­mu­ni­ca­tion fa­cil­ity, in­va­sion of pri­vacy and crim­i­nal at­tempt at in­va­sion of pri­vacy.

To date, most of the fe­male vic­tims are listed as “Jane Doe” and have not

been pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied, po­lice said.

Po­lice have listed both lo­ca­tions and cloth­ing de­scrip­tions to help gather vic­tim iden­ti­fi­ca­tions.The fol­low­ing is a list of lo­ca­tions iden­ti­fied by po­lice as places where women were vic­tim­ized:

• Satur­day - May 12, 2018 @ Tar­get in Ex­eter Town­ship (pink skirt)

• Satur­day – May 12, 2018 @ PetCo in Spring Town­ship (blue dress with pink flowers)

• Tues­day – May 15, 2018 @ Berk­shire Mall (Vic­tim #3)

• Mon­day – May 21, 2018 @ Gi­ant in Sink­ing Spring (grey dress with white dots)

• Fri­day – May 25, 2018 @ Wal­mart in Ex­eter Town­ship (black dress with white flowers)

• Fri­day – May 25, 2018 @ Berk­shire Mall (black dress)

• Fri­day – May 25, 2018 @ Berk­shire Mall (black and white striped skirt)

• Satur­day – May 26, 2018 @ Berk­shire Mall (black dress with white flowers)

• Satur­day – May 26, 2018

@ Lowe’s in Sink­ing Spring (blue dress)

• Sun­day – May 27, 2018 @ Dick’s in Spring Town­ship (pur­ple skirt)

• Sun­day – May 27, 2018 @ Gi­ant in Wy­omiss­ing (white skirt)

• Sun­day – May 27, 2018 @ Berk­shire Mall (red shorts)

• Mon­day – May 28, 2018 @ New York Bagelry in Spring Town­ship (tan skirt)

• Mon­day – May 28, 2018 @ Gi­ant in Wy­omiss­ing (orange shorts)

• Thurs­day – June 7, 2018 @ Gi­ant in Lan­caster (black shorts)

• Thurs­day – June 7, 2018 @ Park City Mall (black skirt)

• Satur­day – June 9, 2018 @ Gi­ant in Sink­ing Spring (Vic­tim #2)

• Satur­day – June 9, 2018 @ Dick’s in Spring Town­ship (white, grey and black shorts)

• Satur­day – June 9, 2018 @ Berk­shire Mall (grey dress)

• Satur­day – June 9, 2018 @ Mama’s Pizza in Sink­ing Spring (black dress)

• Thurs­day – June 14, 2018 @ Home Goods in Lan­caster (white dress)

• Satur­day – June 16, 2018 @ Weg­man’s in Col­legeville (blue jean skirt)

• Satur­day – June 16, 2018 @ Nord­strom’s in King of Prus­sia (blue, white and orange dress)

• Satur­day – June 16, 2018 @ King of Prus­sia Mall (black dress)

• Satur­day – June 16, 2018 @ King of Prus­sia Mall (black and white dress)

• Satur­day – June 16, 2018 @ King of Prus­sia Mall (black skirt)

• Satur­day – June 16, 2018 @ Weg­man’s in Malvern (black dress)

• Satur­day – June 16, 2018 @ Penn Av­enue in West Read­ing (black and pink print dress)

• Satur­day – June 16, 2018 @ Penn Av­enue in West Read­ing (black dress)

• Satur­day – June 16, 2018 @ Penn Av­enue in West Read­ing (yel­low dress)

• Sun­day – June 17, 2018 @ Lowe’s in Spring Town­ship (Vic­tim #1)

If you be­lieve you have been vic­tim­ized or you know the iden­tity of one of the vic­tims, po­lice are re­quest­ing that in­di­vid­u­als con­tact the Berks County De­tec­tive’s Of­fice at 610478-7171.

Eric Milus

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