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September 26, 2013

Accused peeper arraigned

INTERLOCHEN — An Interlochen man is accused of using a cell phone to watch a minor female undress inside his home.

Anthony Neal Thompson, 26, was arraigned Wednesday in 86th District Court on a felony charge of surveilling an unclothed person. Court documents state the victim, 13, on Sept. 20 noticed Thompson’s cell phone on the floor by the bathroom door while she undressed for the shower.

“(She) stated she immediately screamed and put some clothes on and ran from the master bedroom,” the police report states.

Grand Traverse County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the home and talked to Thompson, who admitted he stuck his cell phone underneath the bathroom door to view the victim.

“We asked if he had taken pictures of her and he said ‘no,’ he had used the mirror option on his phone to view her while she was in the bathroom,” the police report states.

The deputies arrested Thompson and took the phone and several electronic devices into evidence.

Surveilling an unclothed person is a criminal charge created by the Michigan Legislature in 2004. Cooney said previous cases involving electronic devices used to take unwanted sexual pictures fell under misdemeanor cases.

“They enacted the surveillance statute and it kind of upped the penalties and made it more specific to what’s going on,” Cooney said.

Thompson could face up to two years in prison and would have to register as a sex offender if convicted.

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