sleepy hollow man arraigned for taking pictures

 under women’s skirts



Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced today that Jose Piedra

(DOB 01/27/64) of 18 Kimball Avenue, Sleepy Hollow, New York, was arraigned on an indictment charging him with:


·         fourteen counts of Unlawful Surveillance in the Second Degree, Class “E” Felonies,


relating to the illegal photographing of a person’s intimate parts for his own sexual purposes.


On August 22, 2011, the defendant was observed by store security in the Target store at the City Center in White Plains using a cellular telephone to record images underneath women wearing skirts.


White Plains Police were contacted and responded to the store.


After viewing the store’s surveillance video, police canvassed the store and located the defendant, who was subsequently arrested.


When they returned to the security office, police were informed the defendant had been observed repeating his actions with another woman while police were looking for him.


A warrant was executed and several video clip files were found on the defendant’s phone.


The defendant was released on his own recognizance.  


His next court appearance will be on May 8, 2012 in County Court.


The defendant faces a maximum sentence of 4 years in state prison on each count of the indictment.


Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lopez, Deputy Chief of the Sex Crimes Bureau, is prosecuting the case.



Jose Piedra


In compliance with Disciplinary Rule 7-107A of the Code of

Professional Responsibility, you are advised that a charge is

merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed

innocent until and unless proven guilty.