NY Man Charged with Invasion of Privacy in Fort Lee, New Jersey
Police arrested a New York man accused of spying on couples who were having sex at a motel in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
According to authorities, the suspect tried to take photographs of a man and a woman who were in a room at the Skyview Motel, which is located on Bergen Boulevard in Fort Lee, NJ. The couple was reportedly naked and having sex when the suspect allegedly opened a window to the motel room.
The victims reportedly noticed the suspect as he moved a curtain to the side of the window, stuck his arm inside, and started snapping photographs with a camera.
When the victims stopped what they were doing and looked at the suspect, he reportedly got scared and ran away. He was seen getting into a black Toyota Sienna in the parking lot.
The victims were able to get the vehicle license plate number and also noticed that the car had a NY Volunteer Ambulance Service license plate.
Fort Lee NJ police conducted an investigation and quickly identified the likely culprit. He was subsequently placed under arrest without incident.
The suspect is a 54-year-old man from Spring Valley, NY. He has been charged with multiple sex crimes, including invasion of privacy.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the charges of invasion of privacy, he faces significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-9, any person who observes someone else engaging in sexual contact without that individual’s consent can be charged with a fourth degree felony. A conviction for fourth degree invasion of privacy could result in a sentence of up to 18 months in NJ State Prison.
When a person photographs, videotapes, or otherwise records images of another person engaged in an act of sexual contact, the charges can be elevated to a third degree felony and carry a penalty of 3-5 years behind bars. In this case, it is alleged that the suspect attempted to take pictures of a couple having sex on at least one occasion, so he could face third degree felony charges.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect was released from police custody with a summons to appear in Bergen County Superior Court, located in Hackensack, at a later date.
To learn more about this case, see the NJ.com article, “New York Man Peeped on Nude Motel Guests, Police Say.”