Joshua Vohs is what's known in the incarceration business as a recidivist. Punish him for a crime -- say, taking the creepiest pics imaginable -- and it doesn't dissuade him from doing so again. And again.
Granted, he did mix things up a little bit for his latest gambit. His first two busts involved a camera on his shoe. Now, however, he's going to jail for an extended stretch after admitting to planting a camera in a porta-potty.
As we reported back in June 2012, Vohs first turned the public's collective stomach in 2006 over an incident that took place at a bar in Crested Butte.
An employee of the watering hole contacted police after becoming suspicious of the way Vohs was approaching women -- and those suspicions were well-founded. Turns out he had a video recorder strapped to his foot with duct tape, which he was using to capture images up women's skirts.
At the time, Vohs didn't admit the gadget was for getting a down-low view of the female undercarriage. Instead, he insisted that he'd used the camera to shoot from a dog's perspective while fishing.
World's worst excuse? Maybe -- but prosecutors made him a deal anyhow. He ultimately pleaded guilty to misdemeanor attempted invasion of privacy, an offense that earned him a year's probation.
The next time around, Vohs didn't get off so lightly in regard to his manner of getting off. In July 2011, he was arrested at a City Market in Grand Junction after he was again spotted acting strangely. Surveillance video from the store showed him coming up to women from behind and sliding his foot under their dresses.
When cops checked out his latest doodad (a camera lens attached to his shoe top and connected via a wire to a battery in his pants), they reportedly found eleven videos featuring what the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel described as "private parts or undergarments" -- meaning, presumably, that some of Vohs's unwilling models had been going commando. Included in the collection was a woman urinating in a portable toilet -- a shot that would no doubt have won the approval of porta-potty creeper Luke Chrisco, who was actually caught hiding in one of the contraptions in 2011.
This image proved to be a harbinger. But first, Vohs entered into another plea agreement, admitting guilt to one count of unlawful sexual contact -- a crime shy of a felony. That severely limited the amount of time Mesa County Judge Craig Henderson could hand him. Still, Henderson hit Vohs with the maximum allowable sentence (two years in county jail), supplemented by a serious tongue-lashing. Henderson told Vohs that "short of actual penetration, this was a sexual assault" and lamented that he couldn't put him under a lifetime's worth of sex-offender supervision.
After serving his sentence, Vohs didn't exactly turn over a new leaf.
Last October, according to the Grand Junction Police Department, a thirteen-year-old girl was using the portable toilet at Junior Service League Park in GJ when she noticed something that didn't belong: a camera mounted inside.
The girl promptly informed her dad and subsequently provided investigators with a description of a vehicle she'd seen in the lot that day.
This information eventually led police to Vohs, and after serving a search warrant on his residence, officers collected a computer and assorted storage devices and began looking through them for questionable material.
They didn't have to look too hard. The cops found 175 images and 25 videos of women doing their business using what appeared to be the park's portable toilet.
Vohs is said to have confessed to putting the camera in the porta-potty around the time of his November arrest, and this past February, he pleaded guilty to invasion of privacy for sexual gratification.
The Sentinel reveals that Vohs has been sentenced to 54 months, or four-and-a-half years, said to be the harshest penalty possible under the plea -- something this guy seems to inspire.
By the time Vohs is released, we hope he's completely lost interest in taking unfortunate photos. But we wouldn't bet the porta-potty on it.
Here's a larger look at Vohs' 2011 booking photo.
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More from our Colorado Crimes archive circa June 2012: "Joshua Vohs convicted for taking photos up women's skirts with shoe camera."