Police: Man took photos under skirts

SUWANEE - Police say a Suwanee man was caught snapping camera-phone photographs up women's skirts in a Wal-Mart Supercenter on Tuesday.

Police charged Phillip Daniel Earley, 24, with two felony counts of Peeping Tom for allegedly reaching under two women's skirts and photographing them at a Wal-Mart on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.

Store employees told police they recognized Earley from similar incidents of "up-skirt" photography in the past, according to a police report. Earley was with his 2-year-old son on Tuesday, who was retrieved by family members upon his father's arrest, the report says.

Earley posted $12,200 bond and was released from the Gwinnett County Jail. Reached on his cell phone Wednesday, Earley declined to comment on the arrest.

Suwanee police spokesman Capt. Clyde Byers said Earley followed women through the store until they were in a position for him to photograph them without being detected.

Two employees recognized Earley and alerted loss-prevention officials about 7 p.m. An official then captured Earley on her own camera phone kneeling on the floor, taking photos "under the long gray skirt" of a female shopper, the report says.

Initially, the suspect denied any wrongdoing and urged police to check his phone, "which means he had time to delete" the photos, Byers said.

According to the report, Earley later admitted to reaching under the shopper's skirt but maintained he did not take photos. He also told police he is "addicted to pornography" and that he "needed help," the report said.

Byers was unsure which specific departments Earley allegedly targeted. His camera phone was seized as evidence.

"Based on witness statements and video at store, I think we have a little more than probable cause," Byers said.

A Wal-Mart representative did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday.