North Charleston police have charged an airman with being a peeping Tom, accusing him of peering through his neighbor’s windows and doors and filming them in the nude.
John Lapinski, 35, of West Palm View Circle in North Charleston, is charged with three counts of “peeping Tom” and six counts of voyeurism, police said. Lapinski is a technical sergeant in the Air Force, according to officials with Joint Base Charleston.
The case against Lapinski unfolded Monday when one of his former roommates took the man’s hard drive and handed it to one of Lapinski’s neighbors, an arrest affidavit states. The neighbor turned to police after he discovered video of his naked daughter on the device, officers said.
Investigators searched Lapinski’s home Tuesday and found several other videos of unsuspecting women and children, according to the incident report. Sixteen videos were found on one Kodak camera alone, police said.
Detectives said Lapinski had been compiling the images since March 2010.
In an arrest affidavit, one detective described video of a woman bent at the waist with her bare buttocks clearly visible in the frame. A child wrapped in a towel was lying on a bed nearby, the detective wrote.
The woman and child were on the third floor of their residence, seemingly protected from prying eyes.
Lapinski is accused of maneuvering a video camera to peer into the windows and doors of unsuspecting targets, police said.
Another video showed a woman making her bed in the nude as a naked child played at the foot of the bed, detectives said. The child appeared to be about 2 years old, according to an affidavit.
Some of the women filmed have yet to be identified, police said.
Police said they plan to collaborate with the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations to gather more information on Lapinski’s behavior. Officers also will work with the Solicitor’s Office in pursuit of further charges, an incident report states.
Lapinski is being held at the Charleston County jail in lieu of a $45,000 bail, jail records show.
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