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Women secretly videotaped at Johnston hospital

Posted July 23, 2008

— A retired Johnston Memorial Hospital pharmacist has been charged with secretly videotaping female co-workers over several years, police said Wednesday.

Ben Pell, 58, of Smithfield, was charged with 15 counts of secret peeping and was released on a $25,000 bond.

Pell was arrested in April after a Smithfield woman reported a prowler outside her home and police found him nearby dressed in black and carrying a video camera.

After his arrest, Pell handed over more than 240 videotapes to police, telling officers he had been taping women for years at Johnston Memorial, a health club and the beach.

Pell retired from Johnston Memorial in 2005, but continued to work part-time at the hospital until his arrest.

Officers reviewed the videos and determined 15 Johnston Memorial employees were secretly taped over a four- to five-year period in a hospital restroom, police said.


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  • NCTeacher4327 Jul 24, 2008

    Dr. Dataclerk--Wow, they should "just sue" him. That solves everything. Does it not bother you that he has broken the law?

    How gross this situation is. I mean, I've heard of people peeping at tanning beds and all, but it's even scarier to think that you can't pee in a hospital (granted, it is in Johnston County) without getting taped. Yuck.

  • Politically Honest NOT PC Jul 24, 2008

    "that is the funniest comment I have ever read." smoore321

    It be even funnier if it was YOUR wife or girlfriend he videotaped going to the bathroom. ha ha ha.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jul 24, 2008

    If no permission was given, then the women should simply sue.

  • smoore321 Jul 24, 2008

    Politically Honest not Correct... that is the funniest comment I have ever read.

  • mmafighterwife Jul 23, 2008

    Very Disturbing you can't even go to the bathroom without possibly being watched. Gross man you could have done it legal on the web if you wanted such a cheap gross thrill. That way your 5 mins of fame would not be posted on Wral. Can you say N A S T Y?

  • familyfour Jul 23, 2008

    That's just wrong.

  • airbornemonty Jul 23, 2008

    Of course after being released on a miserly low bond is now sits at home very humble twiddling his thumbs right? Wrong!

    In all probability he is somewhere still secretly video taping someone and it could be you....

  • aerolove2k Jul 23, 2008

    Seems like pretty deviant behavior, but not very harmful unless he's posting the vids on the web.

    The guys got problems the internet cant solve.

  • Politically Honest NOT PC Jul 23, 2008

    My wife works at that hospital. I hope for his sake, he did not videotape her in the restroom.

  • justwondering2 Jul 23, 2008

    I worked there for about ten years. I was worried that he had done this at the hospital. The pharmacy was relocated several times over the years to just about every floor in that hospital during renovations. He has has plenty of bathrooms to place cameras in. I am surprised there aren't more.