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Police: Peeping Tom may have other victims

LARGO — The man had been to the woman's home twice before in the last week, police said.

Both times, he stood outside under the cover of darkness and watched her through the windows.

He fantasized about her, he told police, and masturbated as he watched her. He tried to pry open her bedroom window, twice.

Late Tuesday night, the man returned to the woman's home in the Lake Alison subdivision near Central Park Drive and Eighth Avenue SE, police said.

He climbed over the woman's 6-foot privacy fence, waited for the motion detector light to go out, then dismantled it to ensure it wouldn't come back on, according to arrest reports.

But this time, the woman saw him peering through her sliding glass doors. She called the police and gave them a description.

Early Wednesday morning, Largo police found a man in the area matching that description. Demetrick James Morris, 32, a transient, had gloves, a flashlight, a screwdriver and two bags of marijuana, police said. He was charged with voyeurism, four counts of burglary, possession of burglary tools and possession of marijuana.

After he was arrested Wednesday, Morris admitted he photographed another woman at a home on Eighth Avenue SE without her knowledge as she undressed in her home, according to an arrest report.

Police said they are concerned Morris may have other victims.

An officer who ran into Morris on Monday in Largo Central Park found him with a cell phone that contained "many pictures of women in various stages of undress," according to a Largo police news release.

The pictures appeared to have been taken through windows, without the consent of the women who were photographed, police said.

The officer questioned him about the photos, said Largo police spokesman Lt. Mike Loux.

"He said he had taken all the photos and they were taken with (the women's) knowledge and permission," Lous said.

The officer did not arrest Morris because he didn't have proof a crime had been committed, Loux said.

Loux couldn't speculate on what Morris intended to do if he got into the woman's home.

"Who's to say? Obviously you can draw your conclusions as a prudent person would, but given that he had been there three days, and the items he had in his possession ... it appears there was some intent there," he said.

Morris has an extensive criminal history, with his first arrest in Pinellas County at age 17 for carrying a concealed weapon, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He has previous convictions for resisting arrest, marijuana possession, grand theft, loitering and prowling and burglary.

He served two stints in state prison on burglary convictions. He was released in 2009 after serving eight years of a 10-year sentence. Three months after he was released, he was sentenced to 20 months in another burglary case. He was released from that sentence last September.

On Wednesday afternoon, Morris was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $46,000 bail.

Largo police ask anyone with information about the investigation to call Detective S. Gore of the Largo Police Department's investigative services division at (727) 578-6730.

Police: Peeping Tom may have other victims 04/20/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 6:37pm]

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