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Cary teen accused of taking cellphone video underneath women's skirts

Posted May 21, 2014

— A Panther Creek High School senior faces felony charges after authorities say he attached a smartphone to his shoe to record videos underneath women's skirts.

Bradley Gray Hoffman, 17, of 105 Flora Springs Drive, Cary, surrendered to Cary police Wednesday afternoon on four counts of secret peeping and four counts of possessing photographs of secret peeping.

Investigators say those charges stem from cases from March 10 to May 8 at Panther Creek.

Apex police have also charged Hoffman with five secret-peeping charges involving four victims between May 6 and May 8 at a SuperTarget store at 1201 Beaver Creek Commons Drive.

A 44-year-old victim in the Target cases – who did not want to be identified – said Wednesday that she felt violated after seeing video of her on Hoffman's cellphone.

"I was shocked at not only how close he was to me physically," she said. "I was stunned at how clear the image was and surprised at how unsettling to know that someone had that image of me."

When she found out teenage girls were also victimized, she said, she was outraged.

"It is an absolute violation of privacy. It is completely inappropriate and it needs to be addressed," the victim said.

Cary Police Capt. Don Hamilton said investigators are still working to determine if any of the videos were posted online.

"You go to school and you think school's some place that you're going to be safe and not have to worry about stuff like this," he said. "For it to be another student, I'm sure it's got to be very upsetting for the victims and the parents."

Neither Hoffman, his parents nor his attorney could be reached for comment. He was out of jail Wednesday evening on a $15,000 bond and was expected to make his first court appearance Thursday morning.

Renee McCoy, director of public relations for the Wake County Public School System, could not comment on the matter Wednesday but said that, generally, students who violate the school system's code of conduct can face disciplinary action.

Parents were shocked over the news.

"It's not something that you expect, especially at a school like Panther Creek that has a great reputation," said Marie Wagner, whose daughter graduated from the school last year.

Friends described the incident as out of character for Hoffman.

"He was a cool kid. He is pretty funny," said Baaqir Yusef, one of Hoffman's classmates. "I talk to him every now and then because he's in my class. Doesn't seem like the kind of kid that would do that."

Ryan McNulty, another classmate, was just as surprised.

"He was a quiet kid. He was nice and smart," he said. "He didn't really say much. It's kind of like unexpected, kind of shocked that happened. It just boggles my mind."


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  • ncprr1 May 23, 2014

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    What gave you that idea, that I don't care? Was it when I said it was wrong? Or when I said he was a pig? First of all, you probably are either one of the moderators or know them, because you are allowed to post rapid-fire personal attacks (it helps to be on the inside, posing as someone else). Second, all I have said is that 1) this person was not filming in any area where privacy should be expected, this was in public...so be careful. Also, this person is a minor and WRAL should not be posting his picture and personal information until/unless he is convicted of something.

  • Alexia Proper May 22, 2014
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    I remember when I was 17. Nobody in my class would have had any idea that this sort of behavior was illegal to a point that it is considered a felony. Arguably, it really should not carry such a stiff penalty. While what he did was "wrong", there are many things that are "wrong". But there is a big difference between murder, rape, etc. and peeping under skirts. These same girls and woman would likely go to a beach wearing less and revealing more to the entire world.

    So, while I agree it's "wrong" and he likely knew he was being a pervert doing it, he is 17! And we plaster the face of this minor all over the news? That's going to really help with his job prospects one day ;-/

    He ought to be made to apologize to the woman (who did not want HER name revealed) and girls, be banned from using a mobile phone for a year, etc. He ought not have a felony on his record, though. That's really too much to throw at a kid.

  • JAT May 22, 2014

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    and just because some weirdos do it doesn't mean we have to accept it as OK. It's a crime and it should be treated as such. I'm sure if these women wanted him to look up their skirts, they would have invited him to do so.

  • JAT May 22, 2014

    But we have at least found out that NCPRR1 does not care if someone sticks their foot under his/her clothing, his/her mom's clothing, his/her child's clothing. Maybe he/she should call this guy and let him come over and photograph all he wants and he wouldn't have to photograph strangers. Now there's an idea - it's all about supply and demand!

  • JAT May 22, 2014

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    Dude! He wasn't filming them walking around town - he was filming stuff that most people want to keep private and have no intention of someone they don't know looking at. He was in Target - without their knowledge by attaching a camera to his show. Did you not read the story!!!

  • Hasbeen May 22, 2014

    So many commenters calling this a prank. But if you read the story he was charged with a number of counts. He was kind of "serial" in this activity and enough with CPD bashing. This is doing their job. Are they supposed to just let sicko's (or teen boys) run around target with phone cameras on their shoes?

  • ncprr1 May 22, 2014

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    Are we still talking about the same story, or whatever you have tried to morph it into? What I was trying to say was, if you are in public, not a place where there is an expectation of privacy, when does it become a felony to film you? Where in the story does it say anything about this taking place in a closed bathroom? That would be much different.

  • Obamacare returns again May 22, 2014

    Guys have been looking up skirts since the beginning of time. Cut this kid some slack.

  • Forthe Newssite May 22, 2014
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    No expectation of privacy in a closed bathroom stall????? REALLY!!!! I have EVERY expectation of that, why should I not? That's an absurd comment. I can see no expectation of privacy out in public, in a mall, on the street, in a store/restaurant etc but closed/locked stall ....sorry that's NOT public

  • Obamacare returns again May 22, 2014

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    lol!! Good point.

    Something like this could never happen at Panther Creek. It's all of those other schools with morally corrupt minds.