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A Judge Has Ruled That Upskirt Photography Isn't Illegal, And People Aren't Happy

No statues exist to criminalize the behavior, at least in Oregon.

A judge in Washington County has tossed out a case against a man accused of taking "upskirt" photos of a girl while she shopped in a Beaverton Target store.

Oregon Live reports that Circuit Judge Eric Butterfield determined that no law in Oregon specifically prohibited Patrick Buono, 61, of Portland, from taking the photos.

Judge Butterfield wasn't able to contain his displeasure when delivering his decision:

"You are a sick man, Mr. Buono," he said, while addressing the courtroom.

Butterfield added that the lack of any statute that he could use to address what Buono did was "frustrating" and "upsetting." The girl Buono photographed was 13 years old, but because she wasn't nude, invasion of privacy and child porn statutes did not apply.

"Its a frigging sexual assault of a minor. This judge is insane," wrote one commenter on Oregon Live's website.

"Oregon needs a special law that actually makes it illegal for 61 year old men 2 take up the skirt pics of 13 yr olds," wrote a Twitter user.

Last March, Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts signed a bill into law in his state criminalizing upskirt photos. They are now punishable with two and half years in jail or a $5,000 fine.