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Man accused of filming players showering after Mudcats game

Posted April 13, 2012

— A Pitt County man faces peeping and trespass charges after an employee at Five County Stadium caught him videotaping players in a locker room after a Carolina Mudcats game this week, police said Friday.

LaDarryl Strong, 32, of 169 Snow Hill St. in Ayden, was charged Wednesday with felony secret peeping, first-degree trespass, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has been released on bond.

Zebulon Police Chief Tim Hayworth said a stadium employee caught a man taping players as they undressed and showered in the visitors' locker room after Tuesday night's game between the Mudcats and the Wilmington (Del.) Blue Rocks. The man snuck into the locker room by posing as a member of a janitorial crew, he said.

"Our staff reacted quickly and called the Zebulon police," Mudcats General Manager Joe Kramer said.

Police arrested the man as he tried to flee, and officers recovered eight videos and a small camera, the chief said.

Locker room at Five County Stadium Accused peeper posed as janitor to get into locker room

Kramer said a nearby stadium gate that is usually locked was open after the game for the team's bus, which is likely how the man got access to the locker room. Stadium staff will be more vigilant about having security on hand during those transition times, he said.

Investigators seized 20 computers and other digital media devices during a search of Strong's home on Thursday, Hayworth said, and they plan to scan the items to see if they contain evidence of other crimes.

"We absolutely expect to find other crimes on the videos," the chief said, calling the stadium incident a "very bold" crime that a first-time offender would never attempt.

Kramer agreed that similar incidents have probably occurred before.

"It's kind of obvious that he had probably done this somewhere else before – not here, but somewhere else before – because he had a plan," he said.

Strong told police he works with special-needs students for Lenoir County Schools, Hayworth said. School district offices have been closed this for spring break, so police haven't been able to confirm that information. Investigators found him listed as a technology assistant in an online directory, the chief said.

School administrators couldn't be reached Friday for comment.

Strong, who couldn't be reached for comment, has no criminal record in North Carolina. His next court appearance is set for May 2.


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  • storchheim Apr 13, 2012

    I'm surprised too, karmagrant, but more because people need smelling salts at the idea of a man being sexually attracted to men. Had no one here heard of the concept till they read this story? Just curious.

  • wralfan Apr 13, 2012

    more importantly, where is this video posted?!

  • jblake1932 Apr 13, 2012

    I heard that this guy used to live in Chapel Hill.

  • michele21179 Apr 13, 2012

    da boy got problems.

  • karmagrant Apr 13, 2012

    Wow I am surprised by the replies. If this was a man filming women or girls there'd be outrage. Instead it's a man filming other grown men so you joke? One is no worse/better than the other.

  • ladyblue Apr 13, 2012

    IMO they should have added pornagraphy charges to him also to the charges since he was filming them naked.. Wonder if the dude got stoned and thought he was a movie producer. rofl

  • linspace Apr 13, 2012

    I was gonna comment.. but I can not come up with anything to say... just sick... and yes.. it would be sick if he was taping women also.. what an invasion of privacy...

  • Uhavenoclu Apr 13, 2012

    He got caught filming the Blue Rocks....does anyone else see the humor there? -amenmike

    Maybe they were in a cold shower too.
    mytw atsmellslikeroses

    I also think that name is Hillarious,Lol ha ha ha ha ha ha well done to you.

  • dehowell2 Apr 13, 2012

    Maybe he was into "show and not tell"; lol

  • Committ to Mitt 2012 Apr 13, 2012

    "He got caught filming the Blue Rocks....does anyone else see the humor there? -amenmike

    Maybe they were in a cold shower too." -mytwotsmellslikeroses