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Home  |  News  |  Police: Computer Confiscated From Voyeur Suspect

Police: Computer Confiscated From Voyeur Suspect
Friday, May 11, 2012

 
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - An additional charge has been made against the Sumter man accused of videotaping women at a tanning salon.

The suspect has been identified as 19-year-old Robert Rodgers, an employee of the tanning salon and owner's son.

Rodgers was arrested after two victims claimed they saw the man using his cell phone to record them changing and using the tanning bed.

On Thursday Sumter Police charged Rodgers with a third count of voyeurism after a third victim came forward.

Voyeurism, a felony, holds a possible three year jail sentence if convicted and could even place someone on the sex offender registry.

Chief Russell Roark with Sumter Police is not downplaying the accusations.

"Anytime you invade someone's privacy at that level it is certainly very serious."

Roark says Sumter PD has obtained a search warrant and seized Rogers computer and cell phone as evidence.

"And with the state law enforcement division and forensics we will look at the hard drives and other things to see what other activities this individual may be involved with."

The Sumter Police Department has received numerous calls from concerned women who say they tan regularly. Roark's advice?

"Always trust your instinct and always trust your sixth sense and be real familiar with your surrounding and the business you're in and who you're associated with relative to the business."

"I've never had anything like that happen," Brandi Kinney is one of the victims who came forward who says saw Rogers above the wall trying to video her.

"I didn't know what to think or what to feel. Is this real? Is this happening to me? And how many other people had this happen too?" Asked Kinney.

An invasion of privacy Investigators say say could potentially effect even more victims. If you believe you could be a victim, Sumter police urge you to call Crimestoppers. That number is 1-888-CRIME-SC

Source: http://www.wltx.com/news/crimestoppers/article/187044/28/Police-Computer-Confiscated-From-Voyeur-Suspect

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