Man Arrested for Voyeurism Is Free

By: Dana Arquilla
By: Dana Arquilla

Saturday night, Parker police arrested William Judson McDevitt for allegedly planting cameras found in ceilings, in sheds, in bathrooms and in walls.

But less than 24 hours later, he was released on a $1,000 bond, leaving his alleged victims feeling vulnerable.

Joyce Marshall, an alleged victim, said, "I'm angry that he was arrested and let go, like this is a slap on the wrist and he's free to go and do it to somebody else."

The Parker Police Department is the lead agency in this investigation. A few days after discovering the cameras in the Cheri Lane townhouses, officers say they found more hidden cameras, piles of pornography, and videos of other unaware victims in McDevitt's two homes.

They're still going over the evidence to look for more possible crimes, but right not Florida law only allows them to charge McDevitt with two charges of video voyeurism. Those are misdemeanor charges, punishable by a maximum of a year in jail and a fine. The lightest penalty could be just a warning.

Prosecutors say their hands are tied. Marshall wants harsher penalties for video voyeurism so that McDevitt or anyone else can never hurt another family again.

"I have nightmares at night that he's still watching me, just from the trauma of all this. It's really scary. You never know until something like this happens."

McDevitt has a court date set for later this month.

We tried to contact Judson McDevitt to get his side of this story. He did not return our calls.


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