A traveler accused of snapping a picture of an 8-year-old boy using a Sea-Tac Airport bathroom has been charged with voyeurism.
King County prosecutors claim Joshua Gitlin was apprehended by the boy’s father on April 22 after the man saw Gitlin photograph his son using a cell phone. Gitlin, a 34-year-old from Ashville, North Carolina, was arrested at the scene.
According to charging papers, the boy was using the toilet when Gitlin stood on the neighboring commode and took a picture over the stall wall. The boy’s father spotted Gitlin do so and rushed to confront him, a Port of Seattle Police Department detective told the court.
“Are you taking pictures of my son?” the man demanded.
“No,” Gitlin replied, according to charging papers, though the other man told police he could see his son’s picture on Gitlin’s phone.
The other man slammed the stall closed after seizing Gitlin’s phone as others called for police, the detective continued. Officers arrived and arrested Gitlin, who declined to give a statement.
Police took custody of the phone as well as several electronic devices Gitlin was traveling with. An investigation appears to be ongoing.
Gitlin has been charged with voyeurism. He was initially jailed on $100,000 but was released Saturday after posting bond.
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