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This story was updated at 2:11 p.m. on Sept. 18, 2012.

A Silver Spring man arrested Sept. 11 for “up-skirting” said he videotaped more than 50 women underneath their skirts since June 13, according to court documents obtained by The Gazette.

Tapha Masai Nyang, 26, of the 8400 block of 10th Avenue, said he also posted the videos on YouTube.

Nyang was charged with two counts of visual surveillance with prurient intent as of Tuesday. Other charges are pending, according to Lt. Daniel Frishkorn of the Takoma Park Police Department.

His trial date has been set for Oct. 29, according to court documents.

Frishkorn said three victims have been confirmed and there are “several” other victims who have not yet been identified.

In each encounter, Nyang distracted a woman wearing a skirt or dress by holding a map or other papers and asking them for directions while holding the backpack down by his feet and close to her legs. Many of the incidents occurred at or near Metro stations or Metrobus stops, Frishkorn said.

“A lot of them didn’t realize what was going on,” Frishkorn said, but they reported Nyang’s suspicious behavior.

The last known encounter took place Sept. 4, a couple blocks away from the Takoma Metro station where Nyang was detained by Takoma Park police the same day.

Police waited to make the arrest to make sure that Nyang’s alleged acts, which occurred in public rather than in private, were chargeable offenses, Frishkorn said.

The arrest was made based on the three victim’s reports and other evidence, Frishkorn said, and Nyang “implicated himself” when he was interviewed by police.

Police are continuing their investigation in Maryland and Washington, D.C., he said.

Nyang entered the Central Processing Unit in Rockville on Sept. 11 and was released the next day with a $3,000 bond on each charge, Frishkorn said.

No defense attorney was listed for Nyang as of Tuesday, according to online court records.

Anyone who has information about these crimes, or if you believe you have been a victim, please call Detective Joseph Butler at 301-891-7111 or the Takoma Park Police Department’s main number at 301-270-1100.