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'Peeping Tom' used tiny camera: Police

UPDATE: A spokesman for the Prince William County Police Department has provided additional information about the Potomac Mills Peeping Tom case.

Police believe that the suspect insert the pen-sized video camera inside the spiral portion of a spiral notebook, he then positioned to capture images under the skirts of the victims, said Officer Jonathan L. Perok.

The investigation continues. "More charges might be coming," Perok said.

ORIGINAL POST: A 36-year-old Woodbridge man used an electronic pen camera to record images beneath the clothing of women at Potomac Mills Mall, Prince William County Police said Tuesday.

Leber. (Pr. William Police)

Police were called the mall at 3 p.m., Aug. 20, where Mark Jeffrey Lebel had been detained by mall security, authorities said.

He was charged with three counts of "unlawful video taping of another person," police said.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  |  September 1, 2010; 12:31 PM ET
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This guy's life is over...may as well plead guilty, change his name and move someplace no one knows him.
Would he appreciate if someone did that to his wife, girlfriend, daughter, or sister?

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | September 1, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

More crime in Virginia, i'm shocked and appalled.... but I shouldn't be, that's what they do in Virginia.
SEX on the brain... child molesters, peeping toms, (in the mall even), geeze.

Posted by: Hlynchmaster | September 1, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Big deal, what are you going to see anyway? Somebody's got to provide the videos we get to see on the Internet.
If your skirts are clean you've got nothing to worry about.

Posted by: reesemichael | September 1, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

reesemichael's comment, was spoken like a true pedoplhile.

Posted by: tashanapper | September 1, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

By what authority did the mall personnel detain the accused?

Posted by: gmuhokie2009 | September 1, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

By what authority did the mall personnel detain the accused?

Posted by: gmuhokie2009 | September 1, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

The answer would be security! Don't you call for security when you need protection.

Posted by: bobby31 | September 1, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

“By what authority did the mall personnel detain the accused?”

Yes, they are mall "cops" but the mall is private property and they have the "authority" to temporarily "detain" the individual in question until the "real" cops show up and do an actual investigation. I someone came onto your private property and videotaped your loved ones, you too would have the authority to detain the culprit until the real cops arrived.

Posted by: Joe_H | September 1, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

If the guy is shoplifting, then mall security has the authority to detain him.

I am not so sure that mall security has the authority to detain him in this case which sounds like a misdemeanor at worst.

The actions by mall security sound like abduction.

Posted by: gmuhokie2009 | September 1, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

@gmuhokie2009 - most shoplifting IS a misdemeanor, so I'm not getting your jump to how mall security's actions in this case were tantamount to abduction...

Posted by: PC71 | September 1, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

You could've downloaded skin flicks from the Internet if you were that anxious to see bare flesh. What an idiot!

Posted by: UnknownHenson | September 1, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Well VA residents DC has the thug stereotype, MD has the illegal immigrant stereotype, I guess we should give VA the pervert stereotype. What happened to good old porn from the video store?

Posted by: ged0386 | September 1, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

His camera's probably not the only thing that's tiny.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | September 1, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

A Prince William Country ordinance requires women over age 18 to wear underpants.

So I believe this fellow will be found to be one of the County's undercover pantie police.

Posted by: perryneheum | September 1, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why guys do this crap. Chasing women around malls...just to get a look up their skirts?

Come on.

Yet on the other hand, what sort of "crime" is this when women show even more on the beach, out in plain view? Just the fact that they would actually do this?

Confusing, all around.

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | September 1, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

...great mug-shot, though. The police ought to be proud of the camerawork.

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | September 1, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I told people not to trust him, didn't like him from the beginning. His wife is a school teacher. I sure hope the parents and the school are aware. I wouldn't want that pervert anywhere near those kids. People are never who you think they are. Beware!

Posted by: mustbepositive | September 3, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

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