PASCO — A 49-year-old Pasco man was arrested for allegedly peeping in the windows at a Pasco home and touching himself.
John Cory Imus was caught by Pasco police a few blocks away from the victims' home after they saw him in their backyard Monday morning and called 911.
Imus, who made a preliminary appearance Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court, is accused of being in the victims' yard or looking in their window three times since Thursday, court documents said.
Judge Craig Matheson found probable cause to hold Imus for investigation of voyeurism. Imus is being held in the Franklin County jail on $25,000 bail.
Imus told the judge that he has mental health issues and is supposed to take certain medications, but he hasn't been taking them.
Matheson told Imus to let the jail nurse know about that right away. He also said Imus' attorney could re-address bail at the next court hearing.
Scott Johnson was appointed to represent Imus.
According to court documents, Imus was spotted in the yard of a home on North Eighth Avenue a couple of times before Monday, when the residents called police.
The resident said around 6 a.m. Dec. 8, she spotted Imus halfway in her backyard and saw him acting like he was looking in her trash cans and car, documents said.
He took off running down the alley when she saw him.
The following day, the resident's teen daughter said she had gotten up around 6 a.m. to get ready for school. She left the room for a second, walked back in and started getting dressed when she heard something near her window, documents said.
The window faces the same alley Imus was reportedly seen running to the day before. The girl said she looked out and saw Imus right up on her window. He then ran down the alley and out of sight, documents said.
On Monday, Imus was again spotted in the yard around 6:50 a.m., but took off running when the lights were turned on, documents said.
A man who matched the description given by the victims was found in front of Grigg's Department Store, which is just a few blocks away, and the teen daughter identified Imus as the man she saw at her window, documents said.
Imus reportedly told police he had touched himself sexually the morning he looked through the girl's window, documents said.
Prosecutors have until Wednesday to file charges against Imus. If charged, his next court appearance is Dec. 20.
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