An Elon man is facing charges of peeping and indecent exposure according to Elon Police Chief LaVell Lovette.
Elon resident Phillip Wagner was charged Monday following an incident Wednesday August 18. Lovette said Wagner was gratifying himself at the home of the victim, an Elon student, on West Trollinger Avenue.
Several witnesses saw the suspect as he was chased from the apartment into his car. He got away, but a police detective was able to pull up information from previous cases and match the description of the suspect to Wagner.
Wagner has a long criminal history involving peeping and indecent exposure, which are misdemeanor charges. Despite those charges, Wagner is not registered as a sex offender.
The charges carry a sentence of six months to two years and may be eligible for probation, according to Lovette.
Elon students have been victims of many peeping tom incidents in recent years. “[Wagner's] not responsible for all of them, early on there was another suspect,” Lovette said. “We’ll be looking into all reports to look into additional charges.”
Lovette said it is hard for police to make arrests in these cases. “It is such an emotional incident. Victims are not able to identify perpetrators,” she said. “It is such a shock, they don’t remember all the details of who they are.”
And Lovette reminds students to stay alert.
“Even though we made this arrest, he has a prior history. He continues to do the same act. You can’t let your guard down. This doesn’t mean he’s going to stop and there’s not going to be someone else out there,” she said. “If you don’t feel comfortable call us at 911.”