- Associated Press - Thursday, February 2, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A former deputy U.S. marshal has been convicted of spying on Bismarck women as they undressed in store dressing rooms.

Michael Rivera, 29, was found guilty of misdemeanors including surreptitious intrusion and creating and attempting to create sexually expressive images, but found not guilty of more serious felony charges KFYR-TV reported (https://bit.ly/2kX5ZW5 ). He was cleared of 11 charges related to minors in the case.

The mother of one minor victim said she was disappointed.

“I am very saddened by the verdict but I believe the jurors did the very best they could with what they had to work with,” she said. “The law is very poorly written, and minors can be horribly exploited because of North Dakota laws.”

The jury didn’t find the behavior as lewd, because the minors were in fitting rooms, said Assistant State’s Attorney Julie Lawyer. She said the jury seemed to struggle with the definition of sexual conduct. The case could possibly lead to changes to the law in the future, Lawyer said.

Rivera will also be sentenced in a federal court for attempted receipt of materials involving sexual exploitation of minors, and could face a maximum of 20 years in prison.


Information from: KFYR-TV, https://www.kfyrtv.com/

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