I just came across this news piece and it’s an insult to even call it news. It’s some of the worst news reporting I have ever seen. Now let me first say that the subject in question, Joseph M. Delpriore, is probably no angel but let’s see some real evidence of this alleged stalking. 1,400 pictures of teen athletes is not a crime and parents have no more right to take photographs than a stranger.
Apparently, the events took place on public property or were public events on private property. It is not a crime to take pictures on private property. They can trespass him and tell him to leave but taking pictures on private property is no more a crime than eating a sandwich on private property.
Where is this evidence of stalking beyond photography? Did he harass anyone? Did he actually follow anyone to their car or private home? Did he even make contact with anyone other than taking pictures? If taking pictures of anyone other than your children is a crime, throw all the Sport Illustrated photographers in jail.
What’s next for Northern Valley Regional High School? Are they going to produce a yearbook with everyone’s eyes blacked out to protect their innocence? It’s a high school in New Jersey. A few of those students are probably sexting when they’re not being victimized by having their pictures taken at a public event while fully clothed.
I predict someone reading this will try to invalidate my point by posting some new revelations of his crime. It does not matter if he turns out to be a serial rapist who eats his victim’s brains. The point is that photography by itself is not a crime or evidence of stalking unless it is done with some other type of behavior. In the absence of such behavior, you mind as well say he was there eating nachos. So the video interview will have someone saying “Oh my God! Nachos! He ate 1,400 nachos? You can only imagine what he was thinking while eating so many nachos. Hide your children.”
I hope WSBT has good lawyers because they labeled this hack job of an article “NJ Perv Photographer Arrested“