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Smithfield man charged with peeping in tanning salons

Posted May 26, 2011

— A Smithfield man has been charged with watching women as they undress at a local tanning salon, police said Thursday.

Northie McArtan Jr., 47, of 1 Landsdown Place, was charged with one count of sexual battery and two counts of misdemeanor secret peeping.

Arrest warrants state that McArtan twice peeped into a tanning booth at 721 N. Brightleaf Blvd. between September 2009 and last month. He also kissed the breast of one woman in the tanning booth, according to a warrant.


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  • beverleybak May 27, 2011

    You people really have jumped to the wrong conclusion on this one. the press is ready to convict someone without any proof. You also have your facts wrong on more than one level. first you have his age wrong. i know this because he is my brother in law. anyone that knows him knows this is just a lot of lies. i hope none of you ever find yourself in his situation. FALSELY ACCUSED!!! it could happen to anyone. everyone needs to remember in this country we are INNOCENT UTIL PROVEN GUILTY. When the truth comes out i hope the press is as anxious to report on that.

  • beverleybak May 27, 2011

    the press has a lot of nerve, how can you convict someone before they have a trial. oh your news reporting is flawed on more than one level, you have his age wrong. i know this because he is my brother in law. you people make me sick. a person is innocent until proven guilty. anyone who knows him knows this is not true.. i hope none of you ever find yourself in his situation, this can happen to anyone false accusations. FALSE!!!!! REMEMBER INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY!!!!!!

  • Dr.Phil May 27, 2011

    Some people on here just kill me.They have tried and convicted him and call him a sick man.It's sad when people can accuse somebody of this and the press doesn"t print there name but the accused is all over the news.I'll bet there business increases over these charges.We"re behind you .

  • bxburt May 27, 2011

    Oh pub-leeze. Guilty. Also, stop tanning and get outside. It's bad for you

  • udoowutchyalike May 27, 2011

    Everyone is saying there's no way this guy did this.... I say there's no way this guy is 47! He looks like he's in his 60s

  • ctrautman May 27, 2011

    Why is it called "secret peeping?" Isn't secrecy already implied in the word peeping? So who decided the word secret was necessary?

  • Dr.Phil May 27, 2011

    There is no way unless I wre to it on vidio that I would believe this man is guilty of this.I have known this man and his family for over 40 years and they are well thought of by all that know them.My wife and teenage daughter tan there and will contiue to do so,because they nor I believe this.It sounds like she says,he says and I believe HE.Why don't they tell the accusers name?

  • beachnana01 May 27, 2011

    I think further investigation needs to made into the new local tanning salon before believing the charges. There has been no trouble at all until the new salon opened. I tan at the salon where this was supposed to have happened. I have tanned with them for years. There is no way to peep under doors, thru doors, or over doors. All doors have locks. People remember a man is innocent until proven guilty by a jury of his peers. The rumors that have led to these charges can seriously harm a good, christian man and his family. The haters need not worry karma will strike you like a rattlesnake. The business has not been harmed like some had hoped. This family has my full support and love. I will continue to tan there and do so with no fear.

  • hellorhighwaters May 26, 2011

    Yea, why has this taken a year to come out?
    Somethings in the pond other than fish.

  • Rebelyell55 May 26, 2011

    Yep sounds like a con set up to me.