Using his government-issued cell phone, an Obama administration official from the Department of Education tried on at least four separate occasions to take pictures and video up the skirts of unsuspecting women.
Exclusive video obtained by the Daily Mail shows William Mendoza, the former director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, stalking a woman around a Washington Metro train station and taking pictures up her skirt with a cell phone.
Mendoza, a married father of three, pleaded guilty to attempted voyeurism after the woman in the video and three others complained to police about his behavior. He eventually resigned from his $140,000-a-year senior Obama administration post in November 2016 as a result of the charges.
The video footage is divided into segments, and records Mendoza’s deviant behavior on July 5, 2016 at the Union Station Metro stop in Washington. Authorities from the Metro Police Transit Department (WMATA) created the video to aid in their investigation of Mendoza’s conduct.
DailyMail.com reporters only obtained the video and police reports after a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. According to a Fox News report covering Mendoza’s offenses, “Neither the resignation nor the Jan. 13, 2017 guilty plea was widely covered in the media at the time.”
Stalking his prey
The videos show Mendoza closely trailing a woman up an escalator, through turnstiles, disembarking a train, and up another set of escalators where he takes the offending picture using the flash from his cell phone camera. The White House advisor is affiliated with the Oglala-Sicangu Lakota tribe and was supposed to be at work while he was trailing the woman.
On the same day, police allege, Mendoza took pictures of two unsuspecting women “in close proximity to their bottom” in a span of fewer than 20 minutes. Just two days later, a witness spotted Mendoza attempting to take another upskirt photo at the McPherson Square Metro station.
A bystander shouted “stop” at the Obama advisor, prompting him to flee the station.
Later that evening, a surveillance camera caught Mendoza looking at images on his cell phone of a woman’s underwear underneath a white dress. The police concluded that the footage “appeared to have been surreptitiously filmed in a store’s dressing room.”
Watch the clips in full here, courtesy of the Daily Mail.
An Office of the Inspector General report from the Department of Education determined that Mendoza, “while utilizing government SmarTrip [a means of paying for rides on WMATA trains] … was taking, or attempting to take, photographs/video under the skirts of women with a type of smartphone while utilizing the Metro Transit System.”
Internal affairs concluded that Mendoza had “engaged in criminal conduct while on government work time and/or while utilizing government transit benefits.”
Besides breaking local criminal codes, federal statutes, and agency protocol, the senior Obama official misused government property and committed “[Education Department] Code of Conduct violations,” the inspector general found. Mendoza pleaded guilty to a single count of attempted voyeurism and received 90 days incarceration, a year of probation, and a $100 fine.
Taking a stand
Records obtained from government watchdog group Judicial Watch describe Mendoza’s “curiously rapid ascent in government” during a time that the director “was busy violating D.C. criminal code, federal statutes, and Education Department policies with his creepy voyeuristic activities.”
But the Obama administration was silent following the resignation of their senior Education Department official for sex crimes — although former First Lady Michelle Obama said she was sickened by the “uncovering of the truth that all us women know has been out there” following the emerging Harvey Weinstein accusations in November 2017.
The former first lady could have been addressing her husband when she said: “And I’m talking to the men out there, who cannot be innocent bystanders and complacent… watching this happen.”
If the Obamas wanted to take a stand against sexual assault and harassment, the time to do so would have been during the Obama administration, when a White House official was caught stalking his innocent prey through local Metro stations. But unfortunately for the women targeted by Mendoza, the #MeToo movement came a little too late.