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Como Woman Accused Of Improper Photography Or Visual Recording

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A 26-year-old Como woman was jailed Tuesday on warrant for improper photography or visual recording without consent, according to arrest reports.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jason Lavender assisted investigators in Whitney Lenea Mauldin with the felony warrant at her FM 69 residence. Lavender took her into custody around 2:30 p.m. March 30, 2021, and transported her to Hopkins County jail on the Hunt County charge.

According to Sec. 21.15 of Texas Penal Code, one commits “improper photography or visual recording” if the person photographs or by videotape or other electronic means records, broadcasts, or transmits a visual image of another at a location:

  • that is not a bathroom or private dressing room without the other person’s consent, with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person;
  • that is a bathroom or private dressing room, without the other person’s consent with intent to invade the privacy of the other person or arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person;
  • or knowing the character and content of the photograph, recording, broadcast, or transmission, promotes a photograph, recording, broadcast, or transmission.

 An improper photography or visual recording without consent as defined above is a state jail felony, according to Texas Penal Code.

Mauldin remained in Hopkins County jail Wednesday morning, March 31, 2021, on the Hunt County charge; bond was set at $50,000 on the improper photography or visual recording charge, according to arrest and jail reports. The offense is alleged to have occurred on Sept. 3, 2020, the deputy noted in arrest reports.

Hopkins County Sheriff
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle

The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is located at 298 Rosemont St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 438-4040.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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