Suspected window peeper arrested in Fox Valley

Joseph Williams (Photo courtesy Outagamie Co. Sheriff's Office)

OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, Wis. (WLUK) -- The Outagamie County Sheriff's Office says a suspected peeping tom is behind bars.

The man is accused of watching a 14-year-old girl shower and officers say security camera images helped nab the suspect.

This security footage caught a window peeper in the act in the Town of Buchanan on Sunday:

Ruth Kopf told FOX 11 News the neighborhood has been on edge for days.

"People are noticing foot prints going up to their windows. Our neighborhood has been alerted to look out for someone prowling and we've been putting on additional lights at night, trying to light up backyards a little better," she told us.

Joseph H. Williams, 42, was arrested in Kimberly Sunday night.

The Outagamie County Sheriff's Department told FOX 11 he was identified from this video and his boot prints in the snow:

"In this case he's right up against the house, looking in windows. Obviously that's very suspicious," said Sgt. Nathan Borman of the Outagamie Co. Sheriff's Office.

Williams was charged Monday with one felony count of invasion of privacy.

"The bathroom he had been looking into had a minor inside of it at the time," Borman explained.

The minor's father shared the surveillance video, but asked to stay anonymous to protect his child.

Kopf told us similar incidents hit the neighborhood last summer, one involving her house.

"The screen was pulled away from the window and I noticed all over on the door, the door had pry marks all over it," she described.

Officers said it's unclear if the other prowling incidents are related.

"Throughout that further follow up there could be more charges," Borman told FOX 11.

And this is not the first time Williams has sat at this defense table. According to court records, he faced three similar misdemeanor cases in Kaukauna about five years ago.

"He was subsequently convicted and released back into the community. So, essentially, he is a convicted peeping tom," Alex Duros, an assistant district attorney for Outagamie County, said in court Monday.

Officers told us peeping cases need to be taken seriously.

"Where else could that behavior lead?" Borman remarked.

Kopf told us she hopes it leads to another conviction.

"Now I'm actually going to sleep better than I have been, because I've been hearing sounds and you always think, 'is that somebody trying to get in again?'" she said.

In court Monday, a $10,000 cash bond was set for Williams. He is due back in court Jan. 18.

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