MILWAUKEE — A 17-year-old University School of Milwaukee student faces nearly 15 years in prison. He’s accused of secretly taking pictures up girls’ skirts at his school.
Austin Halbrooks has been charged with one count disorderly conduct and four counts of invasion of privacy. What he’s accused of is often referred to as “upskirting” and as of late last year, is a felony.
The pictures were allegedly taken as far back as February of 2015.
According to court documents, all the pictures were taken inside the University School of Milwaukee in River Hills, where he was a student.
The University School of Milwaukee teaches students from preschool through 12th grade.
According to a criminal complaint, another student told a security guard Halbrooks, “had been taking pictures of female students in their skirts.”
The complaint states the pictures were found on Halbrooks laptop — 55 photos of four victims, taken around March and February of 2016. The pictures “depict (the victim) standing up, walking up the stairs, taken up (the victim’s) skirt,” and without consent.
Officers also located at least five photographs taken in May of 2015, of a fifth victim.
The criminal complaints states the victim was, “sitting in a chair across from the defendant. The photographs are taken under a table and focus on the victim’s legs.”
Halbrooks faces four felony charges (invading privacy, viewing/broadcasting/recording an individual’s genitals, etc.), and one count of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.
He has pleaded not guilty to the disorderly conduct charge. He has been ordered to have no contact with the victims in this case, and University School of Milwaukee.
A $2,000 signature bond has been set in this case.
Halbrooks is scheduled to be in court on July 11th for his preliminary hearing.