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Shawnee man accused of peeking into women’s showers at KU dorms faces eavesdropping charges

August 12, 2011

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Douglas County prosecutors have filed five misdemeanor eavesdropping charges against a 23-year-old Shawnee man who is accused of peeking in the shower of women in Kansas University residence halls last spring.

Devin Joseph Mason turned himself in at Douglas County Jail on Friday morning and posted $500 bond, one day after he appeared in district court on a summons for the five charges.

Mason pleaded not guilty to the five counts Thursday.

KU Public Safety officers last April asked for the public’s help in the case after receiving multiple reports of a suspect who was opening shower curtains and looking in on female KU students, including in Hashinger and McCollum halls on Daisy Hill, near 15th and Iowa streets.

District Attorney Charles Branson confirmed the charges, which were filed July 14, are related to the incidents in the residence halls.

Police also in April released surveillance photos of a man described as a person of interest in the case. During the incidents no physical injuries were reported, KU police had said.

Mason is scheduled to next appear for a trial setting in front of District Judge Peggy Kittel on Sept. 13.

Comments

consumer1 4 years ago

Memories will last alot longer than his incarceration.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years ago

But maybe not his memories of incarceration.

Phase 4 years ago

"Eavesdropping"? So he was opening the shower curtain and listening to the water?

JMG 4 years ago

What happened to LJWorld's policy of not naming suspects unless they are convicted?

What does that policy apply and when does it not?

MarcoPogo 4 years ago

Suspects are named except in sexual assault cases. This is "eavesdropping".

Jonathan Kealing 4 years ago

Thanks Marco. That's exactly right. Once a suspect is charged, unless it's a sex crime, we will name the defendant.

JMG 4 years ago

I'm curious: why the different treatment (sex crimes vs. other crimes)?

And isn't this arguably a sex crime? Or was the guy just really into plumbing or something?

wdl 4 years ago

He was just into the plumbing. Especially the female fittings.

Soapbox 4 years ago

His lawyer has just told him the judge in his case is a woman! He is now headed to Burt Nash

EarthaKitt 4 years ago

I don't get it. I want to get it. But I don't.

Soapbox 4 years ago

Quit drugs that will help...........I have seen your posts....40% of full thinking!

Fred Whitehead Jr. 4 years ago

Exactly how does this guy get into the female shower areas anyway? Do these dorms not have some security arrangements that protect the privacy of persons who are in the showers? I find this very disconcerting that this guy could even have the opportunity to "peek".

DillonBarnes 4 years ago

what do you want, a guard at every door to make sure only the correct sex is entering the bathroom?

Eugehne Normandin 4 years ago

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clovis_sangrail 4 years ago

From Kansas Statutes Annotated 21-4001 -- Eavesdropping. (a) Eavesdropping is knowingly and without lawful authority: (1) Entering into a private place with intent to listen surreptitiously to private conversations or to observe the personal conduct of any other person or persons therein;

Several other sections follow, but (1) is the germane one.

They use it because the city's window-peeping ordinance doesn't quite apply -- 14-603 WINDOW PEEPING. It shall be unlawful for any person to enter or remain upon property owned or lawfully occupied by another in the City without the occupant’s or, in the case of unoccupied property, the owner’s permission for the purpose of looking or peeping into any window, door, skylight or other opening in a house, room or building.

Plus, it gets the suspect into district court rather than municipal court.

LadyJ 4 years ago

I would have thought it would be some sort of sex crime.

Kookamooka 4 years ago

Why eavesdropping? Is there no charge on the books that accurately represents what this man is doing? Violation of physical privacy?

Jimo 4 years ago

I've never heard of such a thing as "violation of physical privacy." I believe you mean eavesdropping - entering into proximity of a private place to observe another's personal conduct. The common parlance nature of "hearing" as the aspect of eavesdropping was that in the medieval period where this common law crime was developed, people would not have had an expectation of "physical privacy" except in one area - the secrets they might whisper or speak to each other when they believed no one outside their family was around, which could only be breached by standing under the eaves of a house, listening. Routine nakedness, sex, etc. was unavoidable in a world where only the wealthiest weren't sleeping four to a bed in a house with a dozen other people in close quarters. One did not pay a dowry to buy a daughter in law to set the newlywed love birds up in a cottage-nest of their own but in a bed often in the same room of yours in your family's only house (as squeamish as that might seem to modern senses of privacy and mortifying to today's adolescents, a life-stage that didn't exist at the time).

Kookamooka 4 years ago

oops. Just read the thread. Nevermind. Thanks Clovis.

goodcountrypeople 4 years ago

Conflict-of-interest judge, biased prosecutors--should be a circus of a trial. Lucky the sordid, small-town politics in Lawrence are worse than in most places, especially in civilization--nowhere to move but up. Beyond all this, Kansas is burdened with poorly written statutes that the DAs don't scruple to misapply.

ignatius_j_reilly 4 years ago

Guy named Devin Mason, listing his hometown as Shawnee (but lists a 2006 graduation from Lawrence High) is on MySpace:

http://www.myspace.com/vitanovagypsy

Username? "Mr. Fantasy"

Jimo 4 years ago

Either he's a quite young dirty old man or a surprisingly old immature frat boy.

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