Peeping Toms Run Risk of Being Charged With Child Pornography

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It's hard out here for a peep(ing tom). Gone are the days when one could plant a hidden camera in a mall dressing room or watch a neighbor take a shower and be written off as a run-of-the-mill perv. Now, if deviants unintentionally witness some underage nudity, they're in big trouble with the law. Or at least, according to two separate incidents this week.

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The first was a hidden camera that was uncovered in a Gap dressing room in Orange County, CA. A female employee discovered the equipment—hidden in a picture frame and obscured by black tape—when she was changing her clothes. Investigators with the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force have taken the camera and are on the case. It's not known why that particular agency has taken the lead in the investigation, but it's possible that law enforcement officials were concerned about the ages of the customers who have used the dressing room, as well as the age of the female employee who had discovered the camera while changing.

Across the country, in Salem, MA, a 44-year-old man was arrested after it was discovered that he had camped out for two days beneath a woman's mobile home, watching and taping her while she used the bathroom as he repeatedly masturbated. (He was found with food, beverages, and tissues.) Christian Hobbs sold the woman the trailer a few years back and had apparently cut holes in the vents to the bathroom to allow himself access to view her undressing and taking a shower.

Since some of the 16 one-minute videos he made of the woman included her naked two-year-old son, Hobbs was charged with manufacture of child porn, in addition to wiretapping, prowling, trespass, and burglary.

Image via Ma Spitz/Shutterstock

Hidden camera found in Gap fitting room [OC Register]
Perv Spent Two Days Underneath Mobile Home Spying On Woman [TSG]

DISCUSSION

DoraDoraBoBora
DoraDoraBoBora

The best (worst?) peeping tom story I ever heard was about a year ago. This was an article somewhere and came with pictures... maybe Buzzfeed? Anyway, this guy is in the restroom at a local bar, and he happens to look down as he's urinating and sees an eyeball staring back up at him out of the drain. He freaks out, naturally, and comes bolting out of the room. The staff thinks he's nuts, of course, but agree to check the only room behind the toilets... which is mysteriously locked. As the manager is coming over with the key, there's this commotion and this guy bursts out of the room, covered in urine, wild-eyed, and bolts out the door before anyone can react.

Inside, they discovered that he had carefully removed cinderblocks in the walls between the two room, and the plumbing for the urinal, which had been set aside, so there was enough space for someone to lay there, complete with towels folded on the cinderblocks for comfort. Apparently this guy got off on being peed on, and he would come in, lock himself in the room, and lie there while most people were none the wiser. Seeing the photos and hearing the story sent chills up my spine, but it was worth it for the look of absolute horror on my husband and father-in-law's faces when I regaled them with it.

EDIT: FOUND IT. Because I know everyone was dying to see. http://www.vice.com/read/deep-inside-the-chain-pub-piss-dungeon