Victim of peeping tom wants harsher punishment

Victim of peeping tom wants harsher punishment

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James Bradley Josey III James Bradley Josey III
The victim, who asked to protect her identity, said she still feels violated two years later. The victim, who asked to protect her identity, said she still feels violated two years later.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) –The victim of a man who spied on her at a local gym says she is afraid, more than two years after the crime.

James Josey III was arrested and charged with observation without consent, unlawful photographing and tampering with evidence after police say he spied on women inside a Knoxville restaurant.

Back in 2011, he was arrested on similar charges and convicted in two other peeping cases. Now, one of his victims is speaking out.

Josey was convicted for spying on and taking photos of a woman in the shower at the YWCA in 2011.

The victim, Summer, lived at the YWCA at the time. When she was in the shower, she caught a man peeking in and taking pictures. Summer asked that her identity remain private for her safety.

"I stepped around the corner and there was a fully clothed man in the next shower stall who had been taking pictures of me," said Summer.

According to court records, James Josey found an unlocked door to the facility then crawled past the front desk, eventually finding and taking video of Summer in the shower.

The crime has changed Summer's life.

"I felt violated and I still feel violated. I know when I go to the gym and I step into the shower, I'm looking up instead of paying attention to what I'm doing. I'm constantly looking up to see if there's a camera coming over the wall of the stall," said Summer.

Josey was convicted of unlawful photographing a violation of privacy expectations, a misdemeanor.

He was in jail for a month while the case moved through the court system.

According to the court clerk, after he was convicted, Josey was immediately released on time served. Summer says the sentence doesn't match the crime.

"My privacy and my security and my safety has been violated. I don't agree that it should be a misdemeanor, particularly now that I know more about his history," said Summer.

Four months after peeping on Summer, Josey was convicted again for observation without consent. This time he was spying on a woman using the bathroom at the Knoxville Convention Center.

In February of 2012, he was accused of the same crimes, this time the peeping allegedly happened in the women's bathroom at the Pizza Inn.

No matter how many time Josey reoffends, observation without consent and unlawful photographing will only be a misdemeanor unless the law changes.

"I do think legislation needs to be changed. I do think it needs to be charged as a sex crime," said Summer.

Summer believes people convicted of observation without consent and unlawful photographing should face felony charges, serve more time behind bars and be placed on the sex offender registry.

Josey was arraigned Tuesday for the most recent peeping charges. He's been charged with observation without consent, unlawful photographing and tampering with evidence.

The tampering with evidence is a felony charge. If found guilty on that charge, he faces three to six years behind bars.

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