COURT: Man accused of filming under woman’s clothing claims he was ‘swatting’ a spider

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A Columbus man who police say tried to illegally record a victim through her clothing pleaded not guilty in Recorders Court.

The Columbus Police Department's detectives say 27-year-old Lateef Ray turned himself into police Tuesday after Columbus police issued warrants for his arrest.

Ray appeared in Recorder's Court Wednesday after 9 a.m. While he did not qualify for an attorney from the public defender's office, the judge heard detectives describe what the defendant allegedly did to one woman at the Walmart on Gateway Road on May 17.

According to detectives, the victim's testimony, and surveillance video captured that night, Ray allegedly told the victim there was a "spider" on her, and he touched her, claiming he was trying to swat the "spider" away, while also holding a cell phone in his hand trying to record video of underneath her skirt.

The specific charge against Ray includes three counts of using or installing a device to film underneath someone's clothes, which is a felony.

The judge set his total bond at $15,000 and the case will move to Superior Court. According to the judge, if Ray bonds out he has been ordered to stay away from Walmart on Gateway Road.

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