Skip to Content, Navigation, or Footer.

Tempe police: Sex offender watches woman sleep

Tempe Police reported the following incident Sunday:

A 51-year-old Phoenix man was arrested Jan. 31 on the 1700 block of South Cutler Drive on suspicion of voyeurism and failing to register as a sex offender, according to a police report.

The man was seen by a witness walking through a dark apartment complex dressed in a large blue coat, according to the report. The witness was in a dark corner of the complex smoking a cigarette outside her apartment door, police reported.

The man was seen walking toward a unit where he stopped outside the living room window, police reported. The shades were closed but open to a clear view of a woman, who was asleep on her couch on the east side of the living room, according to the report.

The woman was clothed but had no blanket covering her, according to the report. The witness watched the man look through the window for one minute, police reported.

The man then continued walking slowly through the complex and the witness contacted Tempe police to report a peeping tom, police reported. Officers stopped the man walking northbound in the alley way east of the complex, according to the report.

The man told officers he was waiting for his friend to meet him at the complex so he could purchase pain medication from him, police reported. When asked why he was looking through the apartment window, the man said he was looking through a showroom apartment window that was empty, according to the report.

The man admitted he was a registered sex offender and served 11 years in prison for sexual assault, kidnapping and burglary, police reported.

The man was transported to Tempe City Jail, where he was booked and held to see a judge, police reported.

Report compiled by Kelcie Grega.

Reach the assistant news editor at or follow her on Twitter @kelciegrega.

Like The State Press on Facebook and follow @statepress on Twitter

Continue supporting student journalism and donate to The State Press today.

Subscribe to Pressing Matters



This website uses cookies to make your experience better and easier. By using this website you consent to our use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie Policy.