Man sentenced for taking ‘up-skirt’ photos at thrift store

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Abdullah Sediq (Escondido Police Department)

ESCONDIDO, Calif. – A man who admitted taking “up-skirt” photos of women at an Escondido thrift store and possessing child pornography was sentenced to decades in prison.

Abdulla Sediqi, 66, pleaded guilty to five counts of committing lewd acts with a child under 14 and two counts of invasion of privacy. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Police originally arrested Sediqi in June 2015 after he was caught using his cell phone to take photos up the skirts of unsuspecting women. A woman shopping at Valley Thrift Store at 2085 East Valley Parkway called police after she saw Sediqi crouching behind several women and appearing to use his cell phone to take photos under the clothing of the unsuspecting women.

The investigation following Sediqi’s arrest turned up a number of pornographic images of children, police said. Some of the children in the images appeared to be as young as 3 years old.

When police detectives served a warrant at Sediqi’s resident at 17472 MATINAL Road in San Diego, they learned that his wife was operating a child car business there known as Kids Castle Child Care Center and also known as Sidiqi Family Child Care. Investigators determined that many of the pornographic photos on his phone involved children who were at his wife’s day care.