Folly Beach police arrest man on ‘Peeping Tom’ charge

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FOLLY BEACH — Police have arrested a man accused of peering into a rented beach house with 19 women inside.

Folly Beach officers nabbed 34-year-old Charleston resident Brock McGrew on charges of voyeurism and public drunkenness. One woman told officers that McGrew came to their rental home on West Cooper Avenue five times and looked in the windows.

McGrew first came over around midnight on July 12, the women told officers. He knocked on the door and asked for one of the women, according to an arrest report.

The renters let McGrew in, thinking the other woman knew him, but they kicked him out when they learned otherwise, the report said. He showed up again the next day, according to an arrest report, and the women told him to leave and called police.

McGrew returned the same afternoon, and the women again called police, the report said. McGrew came to the house five times between July 12 and Sunday, according to the report.

The women reported seeing McGrew looking through the screened-in porch and front window on his final visit. While a Folly officer took a report, a Charleston County sheriff’s deputy spotted McGrew walking out from behind a nearby home, and the women identified him as the suspect.

The Folly officer wrote that McGrew seemed “grossly intoxicated” and had trouble walking and speaking. He told the officer that he couldn’t remember where his car was parked and that he was looking for it, the report said. The officer arrested McGrew.

State records show a history of violence, drinking problems and “Peeping Tom” behavior. Charleston County sheriff’s deputies arrested McGrew on that same charge in 2001, according to the State Law Enforcement Division. He paid a fine.

Mount Pleasant police arrested him on charges of assault with intent to kill in 1999, resisting arrest with a deadly weapon, hit and run and drug possession, state records show. He received a six-year sentence on those charges.

His criminal record also reflects DUI charges in 2001, 2005 and 2008. Folly Beach police arrested him a year ago on a criminal-domestic violence charge, according to state records, and Charleston County sheriff’s deputies arrested him in 2010 on the same charge.

McGrew was released from the Charleston County jail on his most recent charges Tuesday on $10,262 bail.

Reach Allyson Bird at 937-5594 or Twitter.com/allysonjbird.

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