The cases stretch from west Springfield as far south as Ozark.
Police say 33-year-old Jamar Dye has made a habit of going up to strangers’ homes at night, looking inside their windows and masturbating.
On Tuesday, Dye was arrested in Springfield on two counts of misdemeanor sexual misconduct.
This is not Dye’s first contact with police. Dye pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct in Greene County in 2015, and he has a pending in case in Christian County for the same behavior.
Court documents say Dye is also listed as a suspect in at least four other “peeping tom” cases that have not been charged.
After his arrest in Springfield this week, Dye allegedly told police he needs professional help for this urge that he cannot control.
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Dye’s most recent case, where he is accused of repeatedly peering into the windows of a home near Springfield’s Fassnight neighborhood, shows the impact this type of behavior can have on the victims.
A probable cause statement in the case says that Dye went to the family’s home several times over the last two years, walked up on the porch at night, unscrewed the porch lights to avoid detection, looked into the window and masturbated.
The statement says the homeowner has developed severe anxiety over the last two years, and her teenage daughters have had breakdowns and are too scared to spend the night at the house.
Surveillance cameras the family installed on their porch helped police identify Dye as the suspect and arrest him this week, according to the statement.
In Christian County, police say a witness spotted Dye masturbating outside of an apartment building on Aug. 11, and surveillance cameras captured him lurking around a different Ozark home a week prior.
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A woman in the Christian County case allegedly told police that Dye’s behavior caused her emotional distress and made her feel unsafe in her home.
Dye is being held in the Greene County Jail on $10,000 bond. He does not have an attorney listed for this case.
The sexual misconduct charges that Dye has pending against him in Greene County carry possible year-long jail sentences.
Published at Sat, 11 Jan 2020 16:09:00 +0000