Man accused of recording ‘upskirt’ images of women in Madison

A Madison man was arrested on suspicion of covertly taking upskirt images of women in the downtown Madison area, police said.

Madison police said 40-year-old Steven J. Johanowicz was arrested Thursday morning on a tentative charge of invasion of privacy.

The arrest is part of an ongoing investigation between the Madison and UW-Madison police departments, according to a news release.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said officers received a tip about Johanowicz doing “suspicious-type activities around women” in August, which spurred the investigation.

Police said Johanowicz is accused of “upskirting,” or taking photos or videos up a woman’s skirt without her knowledge, in the downtown Madison area.

“At this point, we have images but we are trying to connect images with victims,” DeSpain said. 

DeSpain said police would like to speak with anyone who was in a public setting, such as a convenience store or in a shopping area, and saw a man acting suspiciously. DeSpain said a particular area of interest is the State Street corridor and potentially including the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Anyone with information that may be related to the case is asked to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

A state bill that would make the act of secretly taking a photo of someone’s genitals, buttocks or breasts a felony, was passed by the Wisconsin state Assembly in January but has been awaiting a state Senate vote since late April.