A convicted sex offender was arrested at a Wal-Mart in Katy, Texas, near Houston for photographing young children, according to the Houston Chronicle. A mother of a 2- and 3-year-old girls approached Mark Yarloff, 57, after she noticed him taking pictures of her young daughters in the store. She demanded to know why.
“Oh, I am sorry; I thought they were beautiful,” Yarloff told the mother, according to police reports. Yarloff then deleted the images off his camera at the mother’s request. The suspicious woman called the police department. Yarloff is a registered sex offender, convicted of child sexual assault in California in 1993.
Yarloff was arrested on ‘’improper photography” charges and is held without bond. Even though the young girls where in a public place—where photography is generally permitted—the law bans the practice of taking photographs “for sexual pleasure” without the subjects’ consent (in this case the girls would be too young to consent regardless).
Yarloff’s previous offense involved teenage girls, much older than the ones here. Do you think Yarloff may have been given the benefit of the doubt if he had a clean record?
Law Office of Christine Harris—Dallas criminal justice attorney.