Ex-staffer for Oklahoma’s GOP governor hit with felony and misdemeanor in 'upskirt' photo case
Travis Brauer and Donald Trump (Facebook)

A former staffer for Oklahoma's Republican Gov. Mary Fallin has been charged with a felony and misdemeanor in connection with alleged "upskirt" photos he took of an activist during a state budget meeting.


Travis Brauer charged with offering fraudulent evidence, a felony, and misdemeanor destruction of evidence after court documents revealed his alleged attempts to hide and destroy evidence on his phone, reported KFOR-TV.

A community organizer recording video of the May 23 legislative meeting accused Brauer of taking photos or recording video up her skirt, and state troopers told the gubernatorial aide he could be cleared by turning over his cell phone for forensic analysis.

The 29-year-old Brauer declined, but later agreed to turn over his phone after returning from a lake trip.

State troopers said Brauer told them he'd lost the phone after he returned, and instead handed over his laptop -- where investigators discovered a one-hour gap in phone activity during the budget meeting.

Computer records also show Brauer searched for the accuser several times on Facebook after she reported his suspicious activity, and he then searched the internet multiple times over the next two days for methods to recover or “completely wipe” data on Android phones.

He resigned from his state government position in July, and three witnesses told troopers they believed the woman’s claims were a setup because Brauer had applied to work as a staffer for the White House.

Brauer, who admits to drinking with a lobbyist and another staffer before the meeting, said he doesn't remember taking any photos there and can't explain the one-hour gap in cell phone data.

“I don’t think I took a picture of her,” Brauer told investigators, according to the report. “(But) if he were to do something like that, it would have been to make fun of (her) like he did the protesters the night before.”

Fallin was listed as a witness in the case because she directed Brauer to turn over his phone to investigators.

"It is unfortunate that a former staffer who had worked in my office is facing these charges," she said in a statement. "I take this situation very seriously. I expect everyone in my office to act with integrity and professionalism."