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Pharmacist faces more peeping charges

Posted September 9, 2008

— A retired Johnston Memorial Hospital pharmacist charged with secretly videotaping his female co-workers had additional charges added to his docket Monday.

Ben Pell, 58, of Smithfield, faces 16 counts each of felony secret peeping and felony secret peeping underneath or through clothing.

Police arrested Pell 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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  • doinbizzness Sep 10, 2008

    i can understand the "bathroom" charges but at the beach and in public places isn't a crime is it?......not defending this weird creepy man at all, but if it were in public forums i know of no law preventing you from filming people on the beach. this story does make the hair on my neck stand up though.

  • CaryCrazzy Sep 10, 2008

    Did someone say CREEPY

  • WakeButterfly Sep 10, 2008

    Everyone please vote to make this a "HOT STORY"
    This way WRAL will keep on the updates of this stalker.
    And "iron fist", unfortunately, your comments are true.
    Stalking is very serious.

  • iron fist Sep 10, 2008

    I agree what are they waiting for? If he continues to stalk he will hurt/kill someoone.

  • pebbles262004 Sep 10, 2008

    I sure hope that the law will put this man away for along time!

  • Adelinthe Sep 10, 2008

    What are they waiting for with this guy? For his thrills to escalate and for him to kill someone?

    It's time to put this guy in an asylum where he belongs.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • TStills Sep 10, 2008

    Pell = ladies man par excellence~

  • Timbo Sep 9, 2008

    "Peeping through clothing".

    He's superman!!!

  • WakeButterfly Sep 9, 2008

    He is nothing more than your typical stalker. How sad.