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Officer Convicted in Durham Peeping Case Loses Appeal

Posted April 3, 2007

— A convicted sex offender who thought his fine was excessive lost his appeal.

Billy Apple, a former Durham police detective and high school coach, pleaded guilty in 2004 to peeping charges. Authorities said  Apple secretly videotaped dozens of young women at a tanning salon he owned in Hillsborough.

Apple did not have to serve any active jail time, but he was fined $64,000.


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  • Tired of thoughtlessness Apr 4, 2007

    Protect and serve, hunh?

  • K9Tucker.LoveMYcop Apr 4, 2007

    It's people like him who make life difficult for the "good" cops. They should have given him jail time - he needs to be thankful he only had to pay 64,000.

  • narck9 Apr 4, 2007

    $64,000 dollars is not enough. He needs prison time on top of the fine.

  • farrell nightrider Apr 3, 2007

    sapphire5660: let be honest about this now. these are white males most of the time. if he was black, they will be calling for his head. But white males, they get therapy and do not have to serve any active jail time, but he was fined $64,000.

  • regularguy_nc-at-yahoo.com Apr 3, 2007

    I think that because of his position in society.... "Durham police detective and high school coach"... he should definitely have gotten a significant amount of jail time!!! Not only did he commit the crime/s, but in doing so, he greatly violated the public trust to the point that, at least I see it as being yet another crime! People often get extra punishment for committing crimes against police officers and police officers should get an equivalent for committing crimes against people!!!

  • regularguy_nc-at-yahoo.com Apr 3, 2007

    It's the "Doggy Gene"

  • normalthinking Apr 3, 2007

    not only a teacher but a cop as well there is no doubt that they dont screen these guys its all too buddy buddy the good ole boy network at its best

  • sapphire5660 Apr 3, 2007

    Again, another disturbed perverted man. What is WRONG with the male population - is it something in their GENES or in their JEANs that make them SO deviant? I stereotype because there are SO many of these petty creeps walking amongst us in the general population - I just don't get it. There are just too many FREE and "innocent" ways to satisfy your perversions - rather than harming and invading the privacy of unassuming women.......there are enough tramps out there who will strip for FREE - what's going on with our men?????

  • Here kitty kitty Apr 3, 2007

    RBman, he didn't have permission to look at the women who used his tanning facility. They didn't go in planning on being used in some guy's sick porn movies. I would be upset if I knew that someone had taken advantage of me in such a way. And since he's not in jail, what's to keep him from going somewhere else, changing his name, and opening up another business and doing the same thing again? He definitely needs some jail time.

  • godofwar1 Apr 3, 2007

    I will pray for this sick man. and god bless RB