JS photographer imposter arrested, charged

CREATED Nov 16, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov 16, 2012

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CEDARBURG - A man accused of posing as a photographer and calling girls, and offering to take pictures of them has been charged with two counts each of telephone harassment and disorderly conduct.

The Journal Sentinel reports that Gary A. Medrow, 68, of Greenfield turned himself in to Cedarburg police and was in custody Friday afternoon.

Authorities believe he's been calling girls from six local high schools trying to get them to come to what he claims is a photo shoot. 

According to a 2006 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, "Medrow has spent the better part of 40 years in and out of jails, prisons and mental institutions because he can't control the urge to pretend he's someone he's not while fulfilling his favorite fetish. Medrow calls women or girls on the telephone and tries to persuade them to carry other people around in their arms or on their shoulders, sometimes with success."

"Medrow has talked cheerleaders into lifting one another, motel workers into carrying one another and business executives into toting their secretaries around the office."

"No one has ever figured out for certain why he gets a thrill, but during a sentencing in 1981, Medrow's mother said she believed her son's problems resulted from his time in the military, when he suffered mental health problems."