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L.I. Man Allegedly Took ‘Upskirt’ Pictures Of Woman At Union Square Subway Station

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NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) –Police have been told keep a close watch for perps peeking under skirts.

The Union Square subway station is a huge target for opportunistic predators because it is so busy. Their activity is as sick and simple as following a woman from behind with a smartphone.

On Monday, police arrested Karl Sholder, 33, for placing his iPhone under a woman’s skirt and videotaping her as she walked up the stairs at the Union Square station, CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider reported.

“I wear skirts every day when the weather is nice, or a dress, so I’m definitely going to be more cautious about what I’m wearing and who is around me,” Rea Mankikar said.

Sholder wasn’t home when CBS 2’s cameras arrived at his Long Island residence, but police say he isn’t the only high-tech perv that has targeted female subway riders, and the problem is expected to get worse when the summer months arrive.

Last July, the NYPD arrested Manhattan doctor Adam Levinson, 39, for filming up a woman’s skirt with a pen sized spy cam at Union Station.

More than a dozen images were found on Levinson’s small camera, police said.

Women told CBS 2’s Schneider that they have heard the stories and are taking precautions.

“I’ve always thought twice. We’re in a crowded city. You always have to keep your eye out and keep a hand on your dress to make sure nothing strange is going to happen,” Tracy Kaufman said.

Some of the picture-taking pervs have even gone as far as posting the images online.

Transit cops have been placed on high alert on and off of subway cars.

“I’m just glad police have been keeping an eye on the situation and taking care of it. We just want to do our business and go about our day without having to think about things like this,” Kaufman said.

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