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Woodbridge man arrested, suspected of peeping in 300 cases

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Michael C. McCarter (Fairfax County Police Department) Michael C. McCarter (Fairfax County Police Department)

Police in Fairfax County have arrested a man and charged him with “peeping into an occupied dwelling” at three different homes. The man is also a suspect in approximately 300 other cases. And he has been arrested for similar activities in the past.

Since 2011, a Peeping Tom has been spotted peering into ground-floor apartments 300 times in three different sections of Fairfax County. To the knowledge of police, the man never harmed any of the women he was looking at.

“While no one was physically injured,” said Lucy Caldwell, a spokesperson for police, “it’s certainly disconcerting to have someone watching you.”

In Virginia, peeping into an occupied dwelling is a Class One Misdemeanor. The suspect in this case would do his looking between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m., and police say he committed a sex act while watching women.

At the Sussex Apartment Complex in the Kingstown section of the county, a resident had a home security camera aimed out their back door. That camera, in 2012, caught images of a suspect. The pictures were put on a police flyer, and the flyer was shared at community meetings around Fairfax County.

Police spokesperson Caldwell explained, “Not long ago we received a call from someone about one of these flyers. And she felt she had information that police could use. We took that tip. Our investigators and detectives worked it, and it turned out that we were able to make an arrest.”

40-year-old Michael C. McCarter, a fuel truck driver, who lives in Woodbridge, has been charged with peeping in three of the 300 recent cases.

A person answering the phone at McCarter’s address said he no longer lives there, and she declined to provide further contact information.

McCarter has been in trouble on this issue before. According to court records, he was arrested and convicted of peeping in 2003. He got a six-month sentence. He was arrested again for peeping in 2006. That time, the charges were dropped. That sometimes happens when prosecutors feel they have a weak case.

Police are hoping that more witnesses from the 300 other recent cases come forward. In Virginia, a person convicted of peeping can get up to 12 months in jail.

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