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Fairfax police say serial peeper could be tied to 300 cases

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fairfax County police have arrested a Woodbridge man who they believe has peeped on women in their homes 300 times since 2011.

Michael C. McCarter, 40, was charged with three counts of peeping, but police are continuing to investigate to determine whether he is linked to other cases, said police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell.

Fairfax County General District Court records show Mr. McCarter was convicted of peeping into an occupied dwelling twice in 2006 and once in 2003. Peeping charges were filed but dropped in three other cases. For each conviction, he received probation.

Detectives now believe Mr. McCarter may be the man who is responsible for 200 peeping Tom cases in the police department’s Franconia District, 50 cases in the West Springfield District and 50 cases in the Sully District.

Mr. McCarter was arrested Friday and released. He is next due in court on Jan. 22.

As police continue to investigate the crimes, Ms. Caldwell said, the agency would not disclose what led them to suspect Mr. McCarter in all of the incidents but his arrest stemmed from a tip.

“We had put up fliers and someone noticed something unusual,” Ms. Caldwell said. 

The misdemeanor crime is punishable in Virginia by up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Police did not disclose the dates or addresses of the three incidents connected to Mr. McCarter.

In all of the incidents, the women were alone in their homes when the peeping Tom watched them through ground-level apartment windows and masturbated, police said. The women ranged in age from 20 to 50. The incidents all took place between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. and stretch back to 2011.

Police also said Mr. McCarter works as a fuel delivery truck driver and is familiar with the areas where the peeping took place.

 

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