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Pharmacist faces more peeping charges

Posted September 9, 2008 4:31 p.m. EDT

— 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.