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Train Flasher Caught On Camera Phone

While some people are still talking about a Geek Squad member who was arrested for attempting to record a woman while she showered, one New York City woman is racking up some serious geek cred for catching a sexual predator in the act and recording it on her phone. And giving new meaning to "watching for the flash" at the same time.

Thao Nguyen, 24, recently asked lawmakers to impose harsher penalties on "flashers and perverts," reports The New York Post. Nguyen's ploy comes after an incident when Manhattan restaurateur Dan Hoyt unzipped his pants while staring at her on the train. She of course, did what any techie woman would do and whipped out her camera phone.

"I tried to avoid eye contact with him, but I had a feeling he was up to no good when he kept massaging his crotch," she testified before the City Council's Public Safety Committee. "I couldn't believe this guy had the audacity to do something like this in the middle of the day. So I took out my cellphone and turned on the camera. It was just instinct. Having the picture was very effective, more than just the story. I could show people that it actually happened."

Apparently, as soon as she took the photo, Nguyen went to the cops on the subway platform. She also posted her experience and the picture on various websites and Hoyt, a raw-food chef, was eventually arrested and sentenced to two years in prison (it was his second offense).

*Thanks to Gigglesugar for sharing this story with me. I know there is something inherently silly about flashers, but it's certainly not cool to be on the unsuspecting end. Kudos to Nguyen for using her geek power.

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Dixie-Theychangedit Dixie-Theychangedit 10 years
Good for you Thao! We females need to stick together to get these pervs punished. Maybe it will make them think twice. About a year ago, I had someone come into where I work and his zipper was wide open with no underwear. You get the picture. I felt violated and upset, but not 100% sure that he meant it as I took it. Pants DO come unzipped on their own. I've had it happen. Anyway, I didn't say anything to him, out of politeness, but told one of my employees. I found out the same guy had done the same thing with her. And with Alexis, another co-worker. Just the young cute girls, too. So it was intentional. We reported it and banned him from the company property. He was 'handicapped' of sorts, having no neck and his head sits sideways on his shoulders, plus he is a bit stocky, so I guess he has no legitimate sexual outlet. He is a young guy too, only 19, not an old perv. But I guess if he doesn't get help, he might grow into an old perv. Maybe he should take those pills that kills a man's sex drive? Or hire a prostitute? What is the solution for men like that? Before they hurt an innocent child, because grown women avoid them?
jendudley jendudley 10 years
Now to complete the circle, she needs to upload it to the internet so we can all cyber stalk and harrass the perv!
PrissyLilBadAss PrissyLilBadAss 10 years
Whoa! Flashback! This happened to me and one of my best friends on a train in San Francisco!!! Neither one of us has the quick sense to whip out a camera phone though! "Party like a rock star, pound like a porn star, play like an all star!"
catstarr catstarr 10 years
Camera phones are certainly good for some things! I'm glad her geek instinct kicked in.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 10 years
That's one of the great things about technology, you can catch these weird people doing things like that.
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