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GRANDVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio - Grandview Heights police are working to identify and contact the victims of a voyeur: an alleged teenaged "Peeping Tom" who lurked outside the windows of women, recording them, some while they were nude.

As shocking as the crime, may be how police found their suspect.

“I'm ashamed. I feel like I have failed as a parent."

WBNS has agreed not to reveal the identity of this Grandview Heights father, to protect the anonymity of his young children. It is the actions of his oldest child, a 15-year-old boy, that have launched a criminal investigation.

The father says he was doing his son's laundry when he found a camera memory card.

He plugged it into the computer, and found photos and videos of women from his neighborhood.

"There were a few that were dressed, and there were quite a few where the women were not dressed at all,” he said.

He says the videos and photos were taken from outside bedroom windows, looking in.

"It was just feelings of disgust flowing through me, like why would somebody do this to another human being?"

He confronted his son, who he says eventually admitted to making the recordings through the windows of Grandview homes.

"The first thing I did was call the police and let them know, and then I took the memory card with the evidence on it to the police station and let them handle it,” he said.

The father says he never considered not involving police.

"He has to, I guess, face the consequences for his actions. There's no ifs, ands or buts about it. I, as a parent, cannot do what's wrong to try to cover up something my son did that was wrong. I have to do what's right, regardless."

Police say there are three victims, one of whom has been identified.

To those women, this father apologizes.

"I can imagine there's probably going to be a lot of people in the area that are now going to be looking out their windows and wondering is somebody standing out there and I feel horrible."
To those who would question his decision to turn his son in to police, he says he had no choice.

"I love my son unconditionally. But that love is not going to override the fact that he needs to pay for what he did."

Grandview Police are in the process of searching the teen's phone and electronics for any other images.

He has not yet been charged with a crime.

 

4 comments

  • Dana M

    Way to go, Dad!!! Too many parents would run to “protect” their child from consequences of their actions. Totally support you! You are giving your son the best lesson ever– and while you are there to help him through it all. So much better to stop his behavior now, than to let it progress and become embedded into his psyche and character. Personal responsibility is such a key component of integrity– I so wish I had more friends like you. Thank you for what you are doing for your son, and our community as a whole.

    • Patsy Smith

      This dad did not seal his son’s fate or future, the son did that when he broke the law! If his dad had not turned him in, this would probably have been the gateway to even more horrific behavior. Bravo dad, way to take your responsibility as a parent to heart. We have to teach our children responsibility and respect .

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