Court Reverses Bathroom Video Conviction

New Mexico – The New Mexico Court of Appeals has overturned the convictions of a former state worker for secretly videotaping teenage girls in a bathroom.

Ronald Myers, a former employee of the Department of Transportation, had been convicted of sexual exploitation of children for videotaping girls in a bathroom next to his Santa Fe office in 2004. One of the girls was a 16-year-old intern and another was a 17-year-old daughter of a department employee.

The court ruled Wednesday that a recent state Supreme Court interpretation of a child pornography law shouldn't apply retroactively to Myers' conduct. The case returned to the Appeals Court after the state's highest court outlined a new legal test for determining whether photographs are lewd under the law.

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