Man charged with taking illegal photos of female train passenger

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WHITE PLAINS – A 66-year-old Connecticut man has been charged with unlawful surveillance, a felony, for an incident on a Metro-North train in September.

Majid Hedayati has been accused of taking photographs underneath the skirt of an unsuspecting female train passenger.

Westchester County District Attorney Miriam Rocah announced the charges against the Riverside, Connecticut resident on Thursday, October 21, after his October 19th arraignment in Harrison Town Court.

According to Rocah, on September 23, Hedayati was traveling on the Metro-North Railroad from Grand Central Station to Stamford, CT. when he sat down across from a woman wearing a skirt and used his cellphone to take photos underneath her skirt attempting to capture images of her genital area.

The victim’s friend, who was sitting directly next to the defendant, observed Hedayati taking the photos, confronted him, and reported him to a conductor.

On October 13, MTA Police detained Hedayati at Grand Central Station following an investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by the Special Prosecutions Division Sex Crimes Bureau. If anyone has been a victim or has further information on this case, please call the District Attorney’s Office at (914) 995-TIPS.