Knoxville man accused of peeping on woman in bathroom

Knoxville man accused of peeping on woman in local restaurant bathroom

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James Bradley Josey III James Bradley Josey III
Josey's latest target was a woman at this Pizza Inn. Josey's latest target was a woman at this Pizza Inn.
"I can't believe it. You come to a family restaurant to bring your child to eat. It's insane. It shouldn't happen in this life," said Anita Barkley. "I can't believe it. You come to a family restaurant to bring your child to eat. It's insane. It shouldn't happen in this life," said Anita Barkley.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville man is accused of spying on a woman while she was using the restroom at a local restaurant.

James Bradley Josey III was arraigned Tuesday. He's charged with observation without consent, unlawful photographing and tampering with evidence.

This is not the first time Josey has faced similar charges. James Josey was convicted of two other peeping incidents in 2011.

The most recent charge comes from a complaint in February, where he's accused of secretly photographing a woman inside the bathroom at the Pizza Inn.

The owner of the restaurant says in his 30 years of owning restaurants, it's the first time an incident like this has ever happened.

Anita Barkley and her family often go to the Pizza Inn in Knoxville for lunch.

"This is my son's favorite place to eat, so we come here to eat about every Monday," said Barkley.

She was shocked to learn a man was arrested in February, accused of peeping on a woman using the bathroom.

"I can't believe it. You come to a family restaurant to bring your child to eat. It's insane. It shouldn't happen in this life," said Barkley.

Pizza Inn owner Jamie Brown says his managers immediately called him with details.

"Some guy came in and slipped into the ladies restroom and was looking over the stalls," said Brown.

Employees held him until authorities arrived.

But this isn't the first time James Josey has been accused of peeping.

According to court records, in July 2011, Josey went in an unlocked door at the YWCA then crawled past the front desk. He then went into a women's bathroom and videotaped a woman in the shower. Josey was convicted.

Also in November of 2011 at the Convention Center, Josey was accused of looking over the stall at a woman in the bathroom. Again, he was convicted.

According to the state, no matter how many times a person reoffends, the charges of observation without consent and unlawful photographing is a misdemeanor with the maximum jail sentence of 11 months 29 days.

The state says there's no enhancement for reoffending for those charges unless the law is changed.

In Josey's most recent alleged peeping incident, he's also been charged with tampering with evidence which is a felony, meaning he could face three to six years behind bars.

Brown hopes Josey doesn't violate another person's privacy.

"He needs help. He needs to be put away. He doesn't need to be running with the rest of us," said Brown.

Barkley says the incident reminds her to always pay attention to those around her in public.

"Every person should just be aware of their surroundings while they are in public. Make sure there's nobody watching you when they are not supposed to be," said Barkley.

The state says if your privacy rights have been violated, don't be too embarrassed to come forward and hold those responsible accountable.

On Tuesday, Josey was assigned a public defender. His next court date is August 15 for a status check. He is being held in the Knox County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

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