Citizens all over the world are not safe from Peeping Toms. Venice police just caught a man who had photographed the backsides of over 3,000 women, as they strolled around San Marco square. The man tailed the women wearing short skirts, carrying a bag with a camera, and filming their tails through a small hole in the bag.
Apparently, the Peeping Tom wasn't who you would imagine — authorities say he is a working professional with two young children and a wife. The man faces six months to four years in prison. The Venice case might be the tip of a Peeping-Tom trend. To see who else has been sneaking around,
In Canada, a 46-year-old man has evaded authorities for 14 years, enjoying his extensive library of women he videotaped through their home windows. He collected the footage in order to pursue his fantasies. Officers have only watched about 20 hours of the 90 hours of footage. Hm. Can you imagine being the officers who have to watch that creep show?
And an even more outrageous story comes right out of Charlotte, NC. Police chased a naked (gasp!) peeping Tom, and registered sex offender. When he resisted arrest, the policed stunned the man, who was wearing only tennis shoes, four times. I hope they were careful!
Do you have your own Peeping Tom story? Do these instances of voyeurism make you especially nervous now that videos can make it onto the Internet so easily? What type of sentence should be given to these serious privacy offenders?