Man with foot fetish caught illegally recording women - KCTV5

Man with foot fetish caught illegally recording women

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Court records detail the alleged incidents Michael Montgomery is accused of committing. (KCTV5) Court records detail the alleged incidents Michael Montgomery is accused of committing. (KCTV5)
Police say Montgomery's behavior was so bizarre and troubling that the District Manager of Panera banned him from their restaurants four years ago. (KCTV5) Police say Montgomery's behavior was so bizarre and troubling that the District Manager of Panera banned him from their restaurants four years ago. (KCTV5)
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

An undercover investigation helped police catch a man who they say has a foot fetish and was illegally videotaping women's feet and legs at Johnson County restaurants. 

Court records detail the alleged incidents Michael Montgomery is accused of committing. 

For months, a man with a laptop, cellphone and Bluetooth was pretending to make calls. Come to find out, police say the man was preying on women, videotaping their feet as they sipped coffee or ate meals in Overland Park. 

Police say Montgomery's behavior was so bizarre and troubling that the District Manager of Panera banned him from their restaurants four years ago. 

One victim said Montgomery stalked and filmed her twice at a Starbucks on 119th Street. He reportedly paced and inched closer and closer to her with his camera rolling. 

Victims advocates say the invasion of privacy is distressing. 

"Their sense of security is shattered, especially when you are going into a place where an expectation is that you are safe," said Julie Donelon, the president and CEO of the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault. "You are always wondering where are those pictures going to show up. Is that person going to be someplace else that I'm at? Are they following me? It can have a devastating impact."

The victim told police Montgomery followed her to her car, according to court documents. 

"That thing you were doing in there with your foot," Montgomery reportedly told the victim. "It was so distracting, I could hardly concentrate." 

The woman told police he made the hair on the back of her neck stand up. 

Police sent an undercover female criminal analyst to the Starbucks. They say Montgomery took four to five video clips of her feet and legs. 

Montgomery followed her, allegedly telling her she had "incredible legs." 

Police say another woman that was stalked at Panera near College and Metcalf took photos of Montgomery, helping police. 

Advocates commended her action. 

"Often times, it's people around the victim that see this going on," Donelon said. "The victim themselves might be completely unaware of what's happening. As a community, we need to take steps to step up and intervene. Let that perpetrator know that we are watching. You can't get away with that."

Officers called Montgomery and set up a meeting at the Johnson County Library. 

There, he was arrested on suspicion of reckless stalking. 

Montgomery has already been charged with the same crime in January of 2016. He is awaiting trial. 

Investigators are now examining his laptop and cell phone for additional evidence. 

If you have been a victim of stalking or sexual assault, there are available counselors who can help. 

Contact the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault Missouri Crisis Hotline 816-531-0233 and the Kansas Crisis Hotline is 913-642-0233.

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