Peeping Tom on campus

Two incidents of peeping have been reported in the last two months.

By Solomon Smith, Staff Writer

Two reports of peeping Toms were made to Valley College’s Sheriff’s Station in the last two months; both incidents occurred in the women’s locker room of the North Gym.

A student reported an unknown male searching the showers in the women’s locker rooms two months ago. The suspect, a black or Hispanic man of average height and build wearing a black hoodie, was searching the shower stalls and came upon two female students undressing. When one of the students confronted him about what he was doing in the shower, he said he was looking for someone and that he was security. When questioned further, he ran away, according to the sheriff’s report.

Another peeping incident occurred on March 22. The suspect was seen looking into the locker room near the women’s showers from the outside at around 4:30 p.m. A female student saw the individual looking in at her while she was changing. When the suspect realized he had been spotted, he immediately fled the scene. The suspect was described as a black or Filipino male of average height and build with a mustache.

The sheriff’s department issued a crime alert for peeping and prowling, warning about the two incidents and asked students to report any information they may have to campus security. Notices with some information about the incidents have been posted near the North Gym and swimming pool area. Deputy Sheriff Javante Brown recommends that students report any suspicious behavior. Several staff members were questioned about the two incidents, including the director of athletic affairs, but were not aware of them.

Brown, who wrote the posted notices and took the incident reports, indicated that the two events are not necessarily related.

“I think they are different incidents,” Brown said, “as the method of operation was different in each one and the descriptions were general and superficially similar.”

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders voyeurism is, “the act of looking (peeping) for the purpose of achieving sexual excitement,” usually on unsuspecting persons. Voyeurs are often not looking for confrontation and are best dealt with by letting the assailant know they have been seen—being aware of the surrounding area and calling for help if needed are the best ways to deal with this situation, according to Brown.

“Typically once a predator is challenged, unless he is just determined, he’s going to run off,” he said.

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