Upskirt Pictures Found On Suspected Rapists Computer

admin - Monday, 1 March 2010 01:03

When Robert Howard Bruce was arrested in July for allegedly trying to blow up a Pueblo police officer’s home, part of the evidence collected against him included an old Hewlett-Packard computer. Pueblo County Judge Steve Fieldman ruled that more than a dozen photographs collected from the computer’s hard drive can be used in Bruce’s Peeping Tom trial in county court.

Pueblo sheriff’s Detective Scott Grimstead testified that he found the photos archived in an electronic mail program that were attached to messages sent to a Web site specializing in voyeuristic material. The subjects of the e-mails included descriptions such as “my first uppie,” “shy neighbor” and “flea market girl,” Grimstead said.

All of the messages and photos were sent between July 2000 and August 2001. Grimstead told the court that the photos attached to each e-mail showed unknown women in various states of undress or the crotches of women from beneath their skirts otherwise known as Upskirts. The naked women were apparently shot from outside their homes, through the blinds of windows, Grimstead said.

Grimstead said he believed Bruce shot the so-called “upskirt” or “uppie” photos by putting a camera into a shopping bag and rigging its recording function so it could be triggered when the bag was held beneath an unsuspecting woman’s skirt. The e-mails also contained messages signed by an “updude,” but the e-mail address of the sender was from an “rhbruce.” Grimstead read some of the messages in court.

He said one message attached to a “shy neighbor” post said: “I had been to the window once before with no luck. This is the first time I ever voyeured with a cam. I think I did OK!” Another message attached to “Flea market girl” read: “The flea market is a good place to shop for uppies, because girls are bending over looking at the booths,” Grimstead said.

Flea Markets Are Good Places For Uppies

Flea Markets Are Good Places For Uppies

Because the photos were uncovered in an investigation associated with a separate case, Deputy District Attorney Karl Kuenhold had to ask for their admission into the Peeping Tom trial. Kuenhold argued that the messages and the photos showed that Bruce has engaged in a pattern of behavior that is similar to the charges he faces in the Peeping Tom case.

“The photos show that it wasn’t an accident when he showed up in the victim’s backyard,” Kuenhold said.

Bruce was arrested in July 2007 for allegedly spying through a Pueblo woman’s window.

Bruce’s attorney, Michael Emmons, argued that there was no way to prove Bruce had actually taken any of the photos or that the subjects of the photos didn’t participate willingly. The fact that there are Web sites dedicated to voyeurism and other fetishes could suggest that people actually choose to pose for such photos, he said.

Furthermore, Emmons argued that all of the photos and messages were from a period of time nearly six years before his client’s arrest and were irrelevant.

“Even if one were to find that these acts were committed by Robert Bruce, basically these are five instances all occurring within a specific period of time,” he said. Emmons noted that no other such photos or messages were found on the computer from beyond 2001.

While Fieldman ruled that he would allow the evidence at trial, he did say he was concerned with the age of the photos. He also noted that the district attorney will still have to lay the foundation for presenting the photos and messages in front of a jury.

He also said that their admission will allow Emmons to challenge the search warrants issued to seize the computer and its digital files. Bruce is facing two other cases in Pueblo, a rape and the attempted murder of Pueblo police officer Nathan Pruce.

He is also suspected in at least 11 rape and stalking cases in New Mexico and one rape case in Texas. Police believe the Peeping Tom case is the motive behind Bruce’s alleged attempt to blow up Pruce’s Pueblo West home.

Pruce arrested Bruce in the Peeping Tom case.

Investigators believe Bruce did not want that case to go to trial because if he was convicted, his DNA would be collected and entered into a nationwide database and implicate him in rapes throughout the country. His DNA was collected as part of the attempted-murder investigation anyway.

Bruce is scheduled to meet in a pretrial conference with his attorneys today in the rape case.

The attempted-murder case is set for motions in April.

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