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Serial peeper arrested at Chapel Hill Halloween fest

Posted November 1, 2011
Updated November 3, 2011

— A Roxboro man was charged late Monday with trying to get pictures of women underneath their costumes during the Halloween festival on Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill, police said.

John Thomas Whitt Jr., 59, of 2089 Virgilina Road, was charged with peeping and was being held in the Orange County jail under a $10,000 bond, according to an arrest report.

Lt. Kevin Gunter of the Chapel Hill Police Department said women reported that a man walking through the crowd on Franklin Street was using a video camera to shoot up under the skirts of women at the festival. Officers seized a video camera when they arrested Whitt, Gunter said.

Whitt was convicted of dozens of peeping offenses a decade ago, according to state Department of Correction records. Prosecutors said he secretly videotaped students undressing in dormitories at North Carolina State University and two sorority houses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The case was among a handful of peeping convictions to prompt lawmakers to make the crime a felony in North Carolina in 2003.


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  • vraptor Nov 1, 2011

    Send him to ows as punishment.

    There is a stair case in a federal building that has clear risers. When women go up the stairs. People down stairs can see.


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    Oh, well. Hindsight is 20/20. Incidentally, until this problem is fixed, hindsight is what everyone in the lobby is going to get.

  • Myword Nov 1, 2011

    it wasn't his fault, he should be set free because he wasn't given the proper meds to control his disease. that's the liberal answer

    Actually since I assume Chapel Hill is still a liberal town, the answer was to arrest him.

  • Uhavenoclu Nov 1, 2011

    Wonder if he was the guy who was standing behind me while I was using the bathroom in the crowded food place last night?.
    Hey there was a lot of guys standing in line just peeping at everyone while they were using it.

  • gnewsome1 Nov 1, 2011

    EllenGraham: I wouldn't blame it on Roxboro. Not all criminals are from here and it just might be that a few of them are in your neck of the woods, wherever that is.

  • arfamr1007 Nov 1, 2011

    it wasn't his fault, he should be set free because he wasn't given the proper meds to control his disease. that's the liberal answer

  • bombayrunner Nov 1, 2011

    Halloween party in the public streets, but only the 'local' public invited -- humm, thought we were all taxpayers. Underwear optional under your costume. No drinking.
    Not sure this qualifies as a 'party'.

  • 007KnightRider Nov 1, 2011

    "Just another typical day in the life of the inbred.......so typical of Roxboro......the dropping off place of the state....literally!" - ellengraham5660

    Roxboro is a fine city. I don't know who you are speaking of in particular but there are fine people in Roxboro. You are not very bright.

  • bombayrunner Nov 1, 2011

    All that peepin' over the years and never perfected his creepy hobby enough to not get caught. And they made this a felony?? why?? doesn't look like it stopped anyone.

  • puzzled Nov 1, 2011

    Ellen Graham - I know some fine people from Roxboro and I'll bet they are a better person than you. They would never class all people as being the "dropping off place of the state". Shame on you.

  • diana123 Nov 1, 2011

    ash men! where would they be without their boys
    and their toys.