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Antelope Valley ‘Up-Skirter’ gets 20 years

City News Service | 10/31/2013, 4:17 p.m.
An Antelope Valley man who used a cellphone camera to capture video up the skirts of women in Lancaster and ...
Mylyn Johnson

LANCASTER, Calif. — An Antelope Valley man who used a cellphone camera to capture video up the skirts of women in Lancaster and elsewhere was sentenced today to 20 years and six months behind bars.

Lancaster Superior Court Judge Bernie LaForteza imposed the term on Mylyn Johnson, 29, who was convicted Sept. 17 of one felony count each of sexual battery by fraud and false imprisonment and 12 misdemeanor counts of video or photography of a person in undergarments.

Johnson was acquitted of one count of second-degree commercial burglary.

Johnson, described by sheriff’s deputies as a registered sex offender when arrested, was caught March 16 when a customer reported him using a cellphone to capture up-skirt images of a woman in a Target store, sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Hudson of the Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau said earlier this year.

The most serious charges involved a woman Johnson detained at a K-Mart in Lancaster, telling her he was a security guard and trying to search for shoplifting, authorities said. He then recorded video of her after ordering her to expose part of her buttocks, deputies said.

Johnson secretly recorded more than 100 women in areas throughout Los Angeles County, including in the Antelope Valley, on a Metrolink train, Olvera Street and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, according to Deputy District Attorney Theodore Swanson. Some of crime dated back as far as August 2012, deputies said.