CPSO urges residents to be on the look out for cyber peeping toms

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - As technology advances with smaller cameras and pornographic web sites, the possibility of more video voyeurism crimes could be on the rise.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office has made two video voyeurism arrests in the last week.

The latest arrest happened Monday night when deputies arrested Michael Murphy of Westlake for allegedly filming a 16 year old girl in the shower.

"When she got out of the shower she saw the camera, looked on it, and saw it was her taking a shower," said Sheriff Tony Mancuso of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

The first arrest happened on Saturday when the Sheriff's office arrested Quentin Brooks for allegedly committing video voyeurism in a retail store in the lake area.

"The actual surveillance video at the store showed him putting the phone on his shoe and walking up behind women and trying to look up their dresses," said Sheriff Mancuso.

But the state of Louisiana has enacted recent penalties for the criminal acts of video voyeurism.

"It varies from the first conviction," said Sheriff Mancuso. "The first conviction holds a $2,000 fine and can be imprisoned for up to 2 years with or without hard labor."

Sheriff Mancuso is asking for stores to be on the look out for such behavior on their surveillance cameras.

"It gives us the evidence we need to be able to prosecute somebody," said Sheriff Mancuso.

The Sheriff's Office is also asking stores to report anything that looks suspicious to their local law enforcement agencies.

"We have to have a complaint in order to follow up on it," said Sheriff Mancuso. "That's the only way we'll know for a fact that this is what's going."

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is also asking all residents in the lake to be on the look out in public and in their own homes.

"People deserve to live without fear of someone doing this to them," said Sheriff Mancuso.

For more information on the Louisiana penalties for video voyeurism, click on "Video Voyeurism" to the right.

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