UNION, NJ – A man accused of taking "upskirt" photos surrendered to Union Police last week after this latest incident at a store on Route 22. He is accused in at least three other similar incidents in New Jersey and Utah over the past year.
Stephen Grogan, 42, surrendered to Union Police on August 1 and is charged with the criminal charge of invasion of privacy. Grogan was arrested by Union Police for the same type of crime in July 2018.
According to police, on July 12, 2019, a female was shopping in an unnamed Route 22 store when she realized someone was following her around the store. The woman caught the man kneeling behind her with his cell phone out and was using it as a camera to take either videos or photos under the woman’s dress, police say. The woman confronted the man, who walked away and left the store. Police say the woman followed the man outside and got his license plate number as he got into his car and drove away.
A follow up investigation by Union Detective Michael Theissen led to the suspect being identified as Grogan, arrested in Union for the same offense in July 2018. Union police gathered enough evidence in this current incident to charge Grogan with invasion of privacy. Grogan was taken to the Union County Jail, where he remains.
In July 2018, Grogan was arrested by the Union Police Department after an employee at the Route 22 Target caught him allegedly "squatting near female shoppers with his phone in his hand," according to police. Grogan left the scene after the incident, but was later apprehended.
Grogan was a New Jersey National Guardsman from Branchville. He was arrested in November 2018 in Montague by New Jersey State Police after being seen using his cell phone to take photos up a female’s skirt in a grocery store.
In June 2018, he was also arrested by the Salt Lake City Police at a military base there after he was caught allegedly putting his phone beneath women's skirts as they shopped at a Salt Lake City mall. Information on the outcome of these prior arrests is not available.