Video Voyeurism / Voyeurism / Peeping Tom — St. Tammany Parish

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Voyeurism — La. R.S. 14:283.1

Voyeurism is the viewing, observing, spying upon, or invading the privacy of a person by looking through the doors, windows, or other openings of a private residence without the consent of the victim who has a reasonable expectation of privacy for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desires of the offender.

 

Penalties

First Conviction: fined not more than $500.00, imprisoned for not more than 6 months, or both.

Second or Subsequent Conviction: fined not more than $1,000.00, imprisoned with or without hard labor for not more than 1 year, or both.

 

Anyone who is convicted of the crime Voyeurim must register as a Sex Offender with the state for 15 years to be conducted annually.

 

Video Voyeurism — La R.S. 14:243

Video Voyeurism is the use of any camera, videotape, photo-optical, photo-electric, or any other image recording device for the purpose of observing, viewing, photographing, filming, or videotaping a person where that person has not consented to the observing, viewing, photographing, filming, or videotaping and it is for a lewd or lascivious purpose.

 

Penalties

First Conviction: fined not more than $2,000.00 or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than 2 years, or both.

Second or Subsequent Conviction: fined not more than $2,000 and imprisoned at hard labor for 6 months to 3 years without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

 

Penalty Enahncements

** Whoever commits the crime of video voyeurism when the observing, viewing, photographing, filming, or videotaping is of any vaginal or anal sexual intercourse, actual or simulated sexual intercourse, masturbation, any portion of the female breast below the top of the areola or of any portion of the pubic hair, anus, cleft of the buttocks, vulva, or genitals shall be fined not more than $10,000 and be imprisoned at hard labor for 1 to 5 years, without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. ***

** Whoever commits the crime of video voyeurism when the observing, viewing, photographing, filming, or videotaping is of any child under the age of 17 with the intention of arousing or gratifying the sexual desires of the offender shall be fined not more than $10,000.00 and be imprisoned at hard labor for 2 to 10 years without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. **

 

Anyone who is convicted of the crime Video Voyeurim must register as a Sex Offender with the state for 15 years to be conducted annually.

 

Peeping Tom — La R.S. 14:284

No person shall perform such acts as will make him a “Peeping Tom” on or about the premises of another, or go upon the premises of another for the purpose of becoming a “Peeping Tom.”

“Peeping Tom” means one who peeps through windows or doors, or other like places, situated on or about the premises of another for the purpose of spying upon or invading the privacy of persons spied upon without the consent of the persons spied upon.  The person does not have to be actually on the premises of another.

Whoever violates this Section shall be fined not more than$500.00, or imprisoned for not more 6 months, or both.

 

Update: The 2014 legislative session added the following penaltiesto La. R.S. 14:284 Peeping Tom statute:

Second Conviction: A fine of not more than $750.00, imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both.

Third or Subsequent Conviction: A fine of not more than $1,000.00, imprisonment for not more than 1 year, or both.

 

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