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Jefferson Valley Man Convicted Of Illegally Photographing HS Student

Franklin Figueroa
Franklin Figueroa Photo Credit: Contributed

This story has been updated.

A Jefferson Valley man was convicted by a jury Wednesday of illegally taking photos of a female student from Kennedy Catholic High School at the Goldens Bridge train station.

Franklin Figueroa, 27, was found guilty of one count of unlawful surveillance in the second degree, (a Class E felony) and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, (a Class A misdemeanor).

In March 2015, Figueroa was at the Goldens Bridge Metro North station when he saw students from Kennedy exit a shuttle bus and climb up a stairwell in their school uniforms, according to the Westchester County District Attorney's Office.

Figueroa, sitting in the same stairwell, used a concealed video camera and recorded images from underneath a female student's skirt, according to the Westchester County District Attorney's Office.

A student, realizing what was happening, quickly photographed Figueroa and his camera with her cellphone and wrote down the license plate number of the vehicle that he subsequently retreated to, according to the Westchester County District Attorney's Office.

The MTA Police were contacted and Figueroa was later arrested. Several recording devices were seized from Figueroa and searched. Figueroa had previously committed a similar incident at the train station in 2014, according to the Westchester County District Attorney's Office

Figueroa was employed with LAZ Parking to conduct parking enforcement at the train station. According to Mary Coursey of LAZ Parking, Figueroa's employment with LAZ ended in March.

He will be sentenced on Jan. 11 and faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison.

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