Charges Filed Against Tulsa Teen Following Peeping Tom Arrest Last Week

Tuesday, September 4th 2012, 11:26 am
By: News On 6

The Tulsa County District Attorney's Office has filed two misdemeanor charges against a Tulsa Union high school student Tuesday for taking a photograph of another student's buttocks.

Jonathan Devito, 18, was charged with one count of Peeping Tom and one count of violating the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.

In a news release, the DA's office says each charge carries a maximum of one year in the Tulsa County jail in addition to fines. The District Attorney's Office declined to file felony charges against the student.

"Our review resulted in these two misdemeanor charges," said First Assistant District Attorney Doug Drummond. "There was no question that poor judgment took place, but we do not believe the evidence supports the filing of any felony charges."

The first charge alleges that Devito photographed another student's buttocks during school hours while that student was using the urinal at Union High School. The second charge alleges that Devito used his cell phone and Twitter account to send the photograph to others.

"Being sensitive toward others is an important life lesson for everyone, young and old," Drummond said. "Hopefully, the publicity from this case will serve as a strong reminder to respect a person's privacy. This case also underscores the need for responsible decision making in using smart phones and social media."

8/30/2012 Related Story: Union High Student Arrested For Child Porn Released On Bond