Charlottesville Peeping Tom Charged

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

October 18, 2005

A Charlottesville man in court for sentencing on one crime is arrested on another charge.

Frederick Ayers pleaded guilty to a March burglary and today he was to be sentenced for that crime, but while out on bond awaiting today's hearing, police say he committed another crime.

Ayers' original crime stemmed from an incident that occurred on Jefferson Park Avenue in March.

"A resident there awoke to find an individual in his house," explained Detective Randy Higgins with the Charlottesville Police. The police arrested Ayers, and he later pleaded guilty to one charge of burglary. He has been free on bond since then.

"A resident was inside of their house on Jefferson Park Avenue, and noticed a man outside of their window peering inside," Higgins said.

Ayers was charged with peeping and as taken off to jail this morning.

"If that type of behavior continues while they're out on bond, [then] they're still a suggested threat to the community," said Higgins.

What may be even more interesting is that according to court documents, both victims were men. Sexual assaults experts say sexual predators don't discriminate.

"Power and control. That's really what it's all about," explained Jessica McGrane with the Sexual Assault Resource Center. "Sexual orientation doesn't come in to play, and neither does the level of attractiveness."

Charlottesville Police also want to remind residents to be more aware of their surroundings. Remember to close blinds at night, and if there is anyone suspicious lurking or peeping, call 911 immediately.

Ayers will be back in court on November 9.


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