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HILLSBORO, Ore. – An Oregon father says he is furious after a man was caught taking up-skirt photos of his daughter.

Authorities arrested 61-year-old Patrick Buono after he was caught using his cellphone to take photos up a 13-year-old girl’s skirt at Target.

He was originally charged with two counts of invasion of privacy and two counts of second-degree attempted encouraging child sex abuse.

During a two-day bench trial, District Judge Eric Butterfield ruled that Buono had taken the photos for “purpose of arousing and satisfying his sexual desires.”

However, he said that Oregon law does not explicitly prohibit Buono from taking those photos.

“Even in the light most favorable to the state, the child was not in the state of nudity and the visual recordings were not sexually explicit. I’m granting his motion for acquittal,” Butterfield said.

The victim’s father, William Hergenhan, is outraged.

“Well, if you think from a practical sense some man like that can go take a picture under this little girl’s skirt, I mean, any parent would say that’s not right,” he said. “Something needs to change.”

In a statement to KGW, Buono’s attorney, Mark Lawrence, said his client “feels very bad” for the girl, but adds that he did not break the law.

“He’s done it before and he’s gonna do it again,” Hergenhan said.

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