Man Accused Of Taking Video Up Girls' Skirts Goes On Trial

Man Faces 4 Counts Of Attempted Child Exploitation

A man accused of shooting video underneath the skirts of teenagers at Castleton Square Mall went on trial Tuesday.

David Delagrange, of Fort Wayne, is charged with four counts of attempted child exploitation.

He was arrested in March 2010 after an officer found him using a camera hidden in his shoe and an elaborate recording system to take videos underneath the dresses of a 15-year-old and three 17-year-olds, police said.

One of the girls, who was able to identify herself on Delagrange's video, testified Tuesday that as she was shopping, Delagrange was making her uncomfortable.

"He was really close to me. It wasn't normal. I could feel him breathing on me. I felt his belly on my back," the girl said.

Delagrange's attorney, Vernon Lorenz, admitted that his client's plan was despicable and in bad taste, but he argued that it is not attempted child exploitation.

The court of appeals already dismissed some voyeurism counts.

"The 10 counts that were dismissed were an absolute victory. We're hopeful. We'll find out tomorrow as to the acquittal for the rest," Lorenz said. "He didn't do it. It was mischarged."

The case is expected to go to the jury Tuesday evening.

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