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QLD: Man charged over schoolies photos

24 Nov 2008 11:51 AM

GOLD COAST, Nov 24 AAP - Schoolies have been praised for dobbing in a man who was later charged with taking inappropriate photos during the end of high school celebrations on the Gold Coast.

A 58-year-old man, of no fixed address, will face court next month, after being charged with making a recording in relation to a breach of privacy.

Gold Coast police said the man was spotted by high school graduates as he took photos with a disposable camera about 3am (AEST) on Monday at Surfers Paradise.

He was arrested and charged and is scheduled to appear at Southport Magistrates Court on December 19.

The camera was seized.

District Superintendent Jim Keogh would not comment on the subject of the photos, except to say the incident was concerning.

He praised the efforts of police and the teenagers involved in reporting the alleged offence.

"I'll acknowledge the work of the schoolies in bringing it to the attentionof the police and certainly the rapid response of the plain clothes officers in apprehending this offender," Supt Keogh told reporters on the Gold Coast.

"It's a matter before the courts so I don't want to go into the intricaciesof it."