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Man charged for secretly taping teen, woman at Oak Park Mall Forever 21

Posted at 3:10 PM, Apr 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-06 16:09:58-04

OLATHE, Kan. – A Joplin, Missouri, man is facing charges for breaching the privacy of two people at an Oak Park Mall store.

Anthony DeLapp, 33, allegedly used a camera to secretly take pictures of two people at the Forever 21 store at the mall.

The incidents are alleged to have occurred on Oct. 28, 2017 and Dec. 7, 2017. In one instance, the victim was 15. The second victim was 20.

According to court documents released Thursday, the 15-year-old girl told police she was in a dressing room when she noticed a cell phone on the ground that could have been used to record her.

Two months later, police were called to the store by the 20-year-old woman, who said she was in the dressing room and also noticed a cell phone on the ground.

Surveillance video from the store connected DeLapp to both incidents.

When the mother of the 20-year-old woman confronted DeLapp, he fled the scene.

Ten days after the second incident, investigators found DeLapp in Missouri. Although he acknowledged he was at the store and had had a confrontation with someone, he denied filming anyone without their consent.

When investigators used search warrants to review pictures on his phone, they found more than 100 photos of women in public changing rooms in various states of dress.

DeLapp was booked in the Johnson County Jail on the charges in March. He has since posted a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on April 11.