State senator pushes harsher punishment for 'peeping toms'

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - State senator Arthur Orr has a bill that targets harsher punishments for "peeping toms."

Right now in the state Alabama, anyone convicted of spying on someone in a public restroom or a changing room can only be charged with criminal surveillance.

Senator Orr wants to change that. Decatur City Prosecutor Emily Prater and Decatur Police Detectives brought the idea to the senator.

Robert James Bell was indicted for allegedly spying on women. He'd pleaded guilty to similar charges in Decatur and Athens.

The bill would make the offense Class A misdemeanor. For repeat offenders it'll step to a class C felony.

The Senate Judiciary Committee must approve the "peeping tom" bill before it can go to the Senate floor.

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