Surveillance footage has surfaced showing William Mendoza, one of President Obama’s senior’s officials, following a woman around a DC Metro station and taking a photo up her skirt with his cell phone back in July 2016, with the footage even capturing the cell phone’s flash. Around two years later, he has since pleaded guilty to attempted voyeurism, of which he was later convicted of, and resigned from his job.
According to Daily Mail, Mendoza was caught on security cameras carrying out the vile act while he was executive director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education. During the case, he pleaded guilty to attempted voyeurism and resigned from his position, worth $140,000 a year.
Despite the conviction, Mendoza’s arrest was not made public until a Daily Mail acquired a report of the investigation, even obtaining surveillance footage under a Freedom of Information Act request. The footage was reportedly found to be in five segments and were not kept within chronological order, having been used by the Metro Police Transit Department’s investigation. The first, second and fifth clip showcased Mendoza following a woman with the cell phone in his hand, from different angles. The third clip showed Mendoza and the woman entering the ticketed area around the same time. The fourth clip showed him turning on his phone, also appearing to be getting closer to the woman.
Who is William Mendoza?
A former senior official, William Mendoza was the director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education under President Obama.
Mendoza was arrested and charged in November 2016 after the woman, as well as three others, complained about his behavior to local police.
As mentioned, Mendoza left his position before the Department of Education could launch their own investigation. In addition, after making a guilty plea, he was convicted of attempted voyeurism and fined $100.