Peeping Tom

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

BONHMAN, Tex. -- A local mother is up in arms after she claims she was a victim to a “peeping tom.” Police say they've arrested the man they think is responsible and the victim speaks out about her experience as a warning to other parents.

The victim says the suspect, who's name is not being released, has been a friend of her family for years.

She was shocked when he told her he secretly video taped her and her three children while they were taking a bath.

Betty Fine said it seemed like an innocent favor. A few months ago a longtime family friend offered to let her and her three small children bathe in his home because their hot water was out.

Months later she learned the unthinkable happened while they were taking a bath.

"He gave me a hug and told me he loved me as a friend and I was like, "OK." “And then he said I have something to tell you and I was like, "what?" and then he goes, 'I filmed you on tape,'" Fine said.

Fine showed her boyfriend the tape, which she says contains pornographic material, before and after the footage of the kids taking a bath with their mother. Her boyfriend later found a hidden camera installed in the bathroom.

"When I saw my babies on there I just broke to the floor and started crying and then it bothered me that I was on there, but it bothered me more that my kids were on there. They're my world."

The man used to take her 2-year-old to the store to buy candy and her daughter Destiny asks where he is, but she keeps him away from her family, and wants to tell her story to warn other parents.

"Be careful who you trust because you never know your friends could turn out to be somebody you don't even know, like he turned out to be, somebody we didn't even know in the end."

Bonham police arrested a 31-year-old man they say is connected to the case, and plan to charge him with improper photography or visual recording on Tuesday. The charges are a felony.

Authorities say he's scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Kingston on Jun 15, 2007 at 10:32 PM
    This man is sick. He needs some major psycho help. Men or women who do this to children should be punished for life and have their u know what removed in a very painful way that they would never think or speak or even look at another child. Men like this should never be let out of jail to be put back in the public or community to be around children. They should have another alcatraze (Mispelled) prision for peeping toms and people who sexually abuse children. Their they could not ever hurt another child or ever even be able to look at children. Once they reached this prision they would never be let out, ever.
  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on Jun 14, 2007 at 04:55 PM
    Anon- I did read the comments, and nowhere did it say she told her daughter. However, if the daughter knew about his little sick games & went ahead anyway, yes, you're right, she wasn't thinking. You are right- mothers must protect their kids as best they can. If she know he was a pervert, she screwed up. At any rate, why didn't the boyfriend go after this creep?
  • by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2007 at 10:01 AM
    Midniteryder the aunt said that "he's always been a pervert to women". Read the comments. If the aunt knew then the mother should have. Mothers have to make it their goal in life to protect their children and be sure they know the people around their kids. If a man is a pervert why would you trust him at all.
  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on Jun 13, 2007 at 09:56 PM
    Anon: Did the mother know he was that way around women? If not, fine- if so, her bad. Don't give her grief if she didn;t know. I was amazed the boyfriend didn't help Mr. Peepers see the error of his ways, if you know what I mean.......his peeping would have been over until the swelling went down around his eyes. If the boyfriend woulda gone after Mr. Peepers, I would have gladly headed up his defense fund if he needed one. And I bet I wouldn't be alone.
  • by mama to 3 babes Location: Savoy on Jun 13, 2007 at 07:51 PM
    If you knew he was a pervert you should have never let your child be alone with him much less go buy candy never trust anyone with your children like that WHAT WHERE YOU THINKING I would make sure your children have not been abused by this man since you did let them be alone with him alot can happed on the way to the store I just dont understand some of you mothers just let your children go and be around anyone just to get them out of your hair
  • by Anonymous on Jun 13, 2007 at 10:40 AM
    You should always be careful who is around your kids, friend or not. If he was perverted toward women, what would make you think he was safe around the kids. Get a clue.
  • by KC Location: Sherman on Jun 13, 2007 at 04:11 AM
    Here I am with another suggestion and I have to give credit to the guy from Bonham who likes ropes. Hang Him. Make an exmple out of him. Tell you what. Why don't you send him to peep at my house. We won't need the police. Maybe the coroner, but the police would be wasting their time. To the boyfriend: You should have made a tape called whipping that A** Mr. Peep-man.
  • by Karen Location: Ector on Jun 12, 2007 at 11:48 PM
    I can tell you I'm those kids aunt Karen. I to never thought he would actually do this. I'm really disappointed in him and shocked by his actions. I knew he's always been a perve to women but never to kids. It just makes me sick to think that he actually did this. Who knows how many other people he has recorded befor them. I know what hes done to the family has really hurt them and hope he get what he deserves. He was a friend the we've known for years and we trusted him with everything. But I guess that goes to show Like Betty said "Be careful who you trust because you never know your friends could turn out to be somebody you don't even know, like he turned out to be, somebody we didn't even know in the end." And we truely thought he was a friend we could trust. I know I will never trust him with my daughter or any of my brothers kids again. Thats so unforgivable and he need seriose help.
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