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Man arrested for ‘upskirting’ at Downtown Crossing T station

A Dorchester man has been charged with using his phone to take a photo underneath a woman’s skirt Thursday at an MBTA station in downtown Boston, Transit Police said.

Anwar Jaffar, 33, was arrested for allegedly “upskirting” an unsuspecting victim at the T’s Downtown Crossing station, Transit Police said on their blog.

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A witness allegedly spotted Jaffar holding his cellphone under the skirt of a woman in front of him and videotaping her while on the escalator and another time while the unsuspecting woman was walking up the stairs in front of him, Transit Police said.

The witness could clearly see the victim’s image displayed on Jaffar’s phone, and immediately reported the incident to an officer, Transit Police said.

With assistance from the witness, the officer was able to locate Jaffar and place him in custody. The witness and the officer also located the victim and informed her of what had happened.

A plea of not guilty was entered for Jaffar at his arraignment in the Central Division of Boston Municipal Court on charges of photographing, videotaping, or surveilling a person in the state of partial nudity, the Suffolk district attorney’s office said.

Jaffar had bail of $1,500 imposed, and he was ordered to say away from MBTA property, the district attorney’s office said. He is due back in court July 23.

Trisha Thadani can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @TrishaThadani.
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