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April 27, 2013

PPD investigates voyeurism case

PLAINFIELD —  Valentine’s Day became a scary experience for one Victoria Secret shopper. The Plainfield store set the scene for a voyeurism case now under investigation by the Plainfield Police Department.

Britney (last name withheld),23, was shopping for some new clothing and undergarments when she entered a dressing room.

“I had put the clothes on and saw his camera in the mirror,” she said. “I was fully dressed so I opened the door and saw his shadow as he walked away.

“I said really loud, ‘This guy was taking pictures of me in the dressing room.’ He said,  ‘ I did not.’ And then he took off at that point and was gone. He was with a woman and she stayed there standing up for him — saying he wasn’t back there.”

Britney, who is now eight months pregnant, said the whole ordeal was “really creepy.”

Todd Knowles, patrolman with the Plainfield Police Department, was dispatched to Metropolis mall.

“I called the security office and arrived on scene at Victoria Secret,” Knowles said.

Security had detained the suspect, Christopher Simmons. Knowles approached the suspect and asked for his phone.

“I took possession of the phone,” he said. “He gave it to me willingly. I told him I would be obtaining a search warrant for the phone. I wanted to make sure we did everything correctly in case we would be making charges.”

After getting the search warrant the Avon Police Department provided a helping hand with some of its technology.

“Avon PD has the technology to copy everything on a cell phone,” Knowles said. “When we looked at the images on the phone we found more suspect photographs and child pornography. I was very concerned because there were obviously more victims.”

One victim was photographed at the Tan and Laundry in Plainfield and four others at a tanning salon in Martinsville, he said.

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