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TV Reporter Cited for Peeping

Posted April 18, 2008

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— A local TV reporter was cited Friday morning for allegedly peeping in an occupied premise.

Eric Ralph Watson, 34, of 201 Old Grove Lane in Apex, was charged with one count of secret peeping. He was arrested shortly after 6 a.m. in the Brittany Trace subdivision, about a mile from his home.

Apex Police Capt. Ann Stephens said a neighbor saw a man matching Watson's description Thursday afternoon on top of an air-conditioning unit peeping into the bathroom of a female neighbor.

The witness called police and alerted the residents who live at the house.

Early Friday morning, Stephens said, the woman's husband confronted a man believed to be Watson, who approached the house again. The husband called 911, and an Apex police officer arrested Watson nearby.

Stephens said Watson and the woman do not know each other but that they might have attended the same gym.

Watson, a reporter for NBC affiliate WNCN-TV in Raleigh, was released from police custody with a promise to appear in court. He has no prior record.

WNCN news director Nannette Wilson said in an e-mail that the station and its parent company, Media General, are conducting an internal investigation into this matter.

"We pledge to our community, our employees and to Mr. Watson to address this matter in a prompt, fair and responsible manner," she said.

In a statement posted on WNCN's Web site earlier Friday, Watson said he was "100 percent innocent" of the charge against him.

"I assure you all that I am outraged over this matter and plan to prove my innocence if it's the last thing I do on God's Earth," he said.

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  • NC_VET Apr 18, 2008

    What Next?

  • whatelseisnew Apr 18, 2008

    Durn - so if I peep at my wife in the shower, she can have me arrested. Please don't tell her, I will be immediately cited.

  • Fuquay Resident Apr 18, 2008

    You're exactly right Vietnam Vet, but that's the price you pay by being a public figure. Do you think that if Bob Clinton rather than Bill Clinton had had sex in his office with an intern you would have heard anything about it? Think of how many DWI's are issued every day, we don't hear about every one of those, only the ones that are issued to "public figures". I fail to see the point of your comment.

  • Vietnam Vet Apr 18, 2008

    When you are "cited", that is given a citation, you are actually being arrested. You are simply passing the handcuffing and "go to jail" step and are promising to appear in court to answer the charge being made in the citation.

  • Vietnam Vet Apr 18, 2008

    Thing is... If this were just an average John Q. Citizen and not someone affiliated with the media we'd likely never have even heard about this.

  • Common Sense Man Apr 18, 2008

    "Tickle Me Cookie - So, you are telling me that if someone is at my window staring into my home that it isn't illegal unless someone is in the room? I find tis very hard to believe."

    That would be correct.

    § 14‑202. Secretly peeping into room occupied by another person.

    (a) Any person who shall peep secretly into any room occupied by another person shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

  • hooboy Apr 18, 2008

    He did it all right. "Outraged" he got caught, no doubt.

  • tsquaring Apr 18, 2008

    I wonder if the news media will run him through the ringer like they do everyone else... Yes, they will. They eat their own.

  • RainierBeer Apr 18, 2008

    no doubt he just lost his job

  • Fuquay Resident Apr 18, 2008

    Maybe his cat went up on her roof and he was standing on the a/c unit in an attempt to retrive it.

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