Man allegedly films young girls in the park

The Saratoga Springs Police Department addressed concerns about a man who allegedly takes videos of girls, some alleged to be minors, that are running or jogging throughout the Spa State Park.

Every person accused of any crime is considered innocent until proven guilty.

In a Facebook post sent out on Monday, the Saratoga Springs Police Department acknowledged that they were aware of a "social media account that indicates that females within the city, and more frequently the Saratoga Spa State Park, are being filmed/photographed without their consent."

Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga State Park. Photo: Google Maps
Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga State Park. Photo: Google Maps

In their post, the SSPD said they filed a report, and are working with the New York State Police while they continue their investigation, adding that right now, the alleged individual "is no current threat to the public."

Who is allegedly filming these young girls?

While the Saratoga Springs Police haven't come out and said the name of the individual in question, speculation amongst concerned citizens points to a man who regularly posts videos on his Instagram account of young girls running through the park, while adding his own seemingly inappropriate commentary about chest size, and body type, hair etc.

The man in question is a Whitehall man named Charles Rose, who back in 2018, was arrested after he was accused of following underage girls and taking pictures and videos of them.

Saratoga State Park Photo: Google Maps
Saratoga State Park Photo: Google Maps

According to sources, he was charged with two counts of stalking as well as two counts of endangering the welfare of a child while working as an ice cream truck driver.

Police taking matters seriously

Police in Saratoga acknowledged that the social media account is recent, but said in some cases, "those who have recognized the subjects of the images and have come forward report that the images are at least fifteen years old", adding that they were unaware of any "photos or recording" taken recently.

Police in Saratoga say this is an active investigation, and when new information becomes available, they'll be sure to alert the public.


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