Feds: Hoboken man charged with taking upskirt photo of 13-year-old girl

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A Hoboken man has been charged with using his cell phone to take an upskirt photo of a 13-year-old girl while on a cruise ship, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. 

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Jeffrey Goldstein, 31, of Hoboken, was arrested yesterday and charged by complaint with one count of violating a voyeurism statute that prohibits photographing a minor’s private area without consent when that individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy.

He appeared this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson in Newark federal court and was released on $25,000 unsecured bond.

According to the criminal complaint, On July 8, 2018, a cruise ship left Bayonne for Bermuda. Goldstein was a passenger. That evening, a thirteen-year old girl was standing on the deck of the cruise ship facing outward toward the water.

Goldstein allegedly approached the victim and, without her permission, placed his iPhone underneath the skirt of her dress, pointed the camera upward towards the victim’s genitalia and buttocks and took a picture.

The victim felt something touch her leg and Goldstein moved towards her side before walking away, authorities said.

A nearby adult saw Goldstein take a photo up the victim’s dress and cruise ship personnel reviewed surveillance footage of the incident, which confirmed the witness’s account and identified Goldstein as the man in the footage, officials said.

Pursuant to a search warrant, the FBI later downloaded the contents of Goldstein’s iPhone and found the photo of the girl, along with several other “up-skirt” images.

Goldstein faces a maximum potential penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

The federal government has special maritime jurisdiction.