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Man Banned From College Campuses After Being Found Guilty Of Peeping Tom Charges

Posted April 26, 2002

— A man has been banned from several Triangle universities after being found guilty of peeping at women on campus.

Wake County Judge Don Overby found John Thomas Whitt guilty of eight counts of secretly videotaping women in their dorms at N.C. State University. He was sentenced to 240 days in jail.

"The bottom line is you have tremendously affected these young ladies forever," Overby told Whitt in the courtroom.

Tommy Baysore's daughter, a student at N.C. State, was one of Whitt's peeping victims. Baysore said his daughter was so traumatized afterwards that she ended up dropping out. He drove in all the way from Lincolnton for the trial.

"I want to see justice done. We have a lot of hard feelings about it, but we have to drive three hours down here and sit in court [and then drive] three hours back. It's rough," he said.

The verdict was appealed to Superior Court, and Whitt was released on the condition that he stay off any university campus for any reason. Whitt was released on bond Friday.

Whitt pleaded guilty in December to 18 counts of secretly peeping into two University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sorority houses. Authorities have seized videotapes and cameras from Whitt's home in Roxboro.

Investigators believe Whitt climbed on roofs or balconies at sorority houses or stood in the woods outside dormitories and videotaped women in their rooms.

In addition to the charges in Wake County, Whitt also has court dates in three other counties.


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