Cell phone peeper to be sentenced Friday

VISTA (CNS) – A Valley Center man who used his cell phone to shoot
thousands of photos and video snippets up the skirts of unsuspecting girls and
women at retail shops in Escondido is scheduled to be sentenced Friday.

Julio Cesar Garcia, 22, pleaded guilty in January to a misdemeanor
charge of secretly filming an adult and a misdemeanor charge of annoying or
molesting a child. Garcia's victims were in agreement with the guilty pleas,
according to Deputy District Attorney Tracy Prior.

Prior said Garcia's iPhone contained about 2,100 images — about 470
videos and the rest still images — surreptitiously taken of more than 100
girls and women ranging in age from about 15 to 35.

Garcia took the photos of two teens, one at a bus stop in Escondido and
another at a tire shop in Rancho Bernardo where he worked, according to the

The crimes took place at numerous businesses over a period of about a
year starting October 2010. Many of the victims were waiting in sales lines and
many were walking with male companions when the images were taken, Prior said.

It took detectives months to identify Garcia as the suspected
perpetrator. Surveillance video of him and his vehicle helped police eventually
track him down, authorities said.

In a separate case, Garcia pleaded guilty to felony DUI causing injury.
The defendant drove over a center divider and crashed head-on into another car,
injuring four people, Prior said.

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