Elected official, former bank employee accused of upskirting women with cellphone
DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WJAR) —
The NBC 10 I-Team has confirmed a Dartmouth bank employee is facing three counts of upskirting females at the Citizens Bank on Dartmouth Street, according to police.
William Raus, 54, of Westport, was officially charged Thursday. He’s expected to appear in court at a later date.
Raus was accused of using his cell phone’s camera to shoot pictures up women’s clothing. There are multiple alleged victims who have come forward, said Detective Kyle Costa of the Dartmouth Police.
Upskirting is photographing, videotaping or electronically surveilling partially nude or nude person or the sexual or other intimate parts of a person around the person’s clothing.
Raus is the chair of the Community Preservation Committee and vice chairman of the Westport Planning Board. He was elected to the planning board and is serving a five-year term.
Attempts to reach Raus for comment were unsuccessful.
Peter Lucht, a spokesperson with Citizens Bank, released a statement, noting that "Citizens takes these types of allegations very seriously. We took immediate action when we became aware of the situation and this individual is no longer employed by the bank. As always, we are fully cooperating with law-enforcement."