updated 11/20/2003 9:48:42 PM ET 2003-11-21T02:48:42

A staff lawyer for the state House is a suspected nude candid cameraman who ambushed women so he could take pictures of their shocked expressions, police said.

THE SO-CALLED “naked photographer” has struck 39 times — including confrontations with three women Wednesday — often wearing only a baseball cap, police said.

According to police, Stephen P. Linnen, 32, allegedly approached two women Wednesday and was arrested when police spotted him nude in an alley behind a supermarket near where one victim reported being confronted. Police found a camera, stocking cap and sunglasses stashed by a nearby garbage bin.

Linnen, 32, deputy counsel for Republican House Speaker Larry Householder, was charged with public indecency and assault, and posted bond.

He was rearrested Thursday on felony kidnapping and gross sexual imposition charges after a search of his apartment, where authorities found incriminating photographs, police Lt. Jeff Spence said.

Messages seeking comment were left at a listing for Linnen and on Householder’s cell phone Thursday night.

Police believe the “naked photographer” kept the pictures as souvenirs.

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