South Carolina

Sex offender used phone’s camera to look up women’s skirts in public, SC cops say

Michael Fuller
Michael Fuller Greenville Police Department

Just four months after a South Carolina man pleaded guilty to using a cellphone to look up women’s skirts and dresses in a Greenville business, he faces new charges of doing the exact same thing at another business, according to police.

Police responded to Mast General Store in downtown Greenville on Saturday after a man was seen on video using a cellphone in a rolling suitcase to look up the skirt of a female customer in the store, according to a Greenville Police Department incident report. A store official told police the suspect, identified as 55-year-old Michael Fuller, had done the same thing a day earlier.

Surveillance footage showed Fuller push a rolling bag close to a woman in a black dress, according to the report. The officer saw what appeared to be the glow from a cellphone in the bag.

The victim said she was talking to an employee about some merchandise in the store when the employee “pushed on her to cover her up,” at which point Fuller continued to push his travel bag closer to the woman, police said. The employee asked Fuller to leave.

Fuller was arrested a short time later and taken to the Greenville County jail, where his probation officer recognize him, the report states. The probation officer told police Fuller was already on probation “for the exact same offense” a year ago at another downtown Greenville business.

Fuller was arrested in June 2016 on two counts of voyeurism, according to Greenville County online court records. He pleaded guilty in December to one count, with the second count being dismissed. A judge sentenced Fuller to three years suspended to 225 days, with the balance suspended to 30 months of probation, court records show. He is listed on the S.C. Sex Offender Registry.

Under South Carolina law, the first offense of voyeurism is a misdemeanor that carries up to three years in prison or a $500 fine. A second or subsequent offense is a felony that carries up to five years in prison or a $5,000 fine.

State, federal and local law enforcement agencies have online tools to help you track sex offenders. You can look for a particular person, or register to be notified if any convicted sex offender moves near you.

Teddy Kulmala covers breaking news for The State and covered crime and courts for seven years in Columbia, Rock Hill, Aiken and Lumberton, N.C. He graduated from Clemson University and grew up in Barnwell County.