Crime & Public Safety Beat: Suspects Arrested For Voyeurism In Local Businesses

By Tamas Mondovics

Voyeurism or as its known by a slang expression ‘Peeping Tom’ has been the subject of several recent calls to the Sheriff’s office in recent days, including two business areas which include a Goodwill Store in Brandon and a Publix Supermarket in Riverview.

On Thursday, January 5, 2017, at approximately 5 p.m. deputies received a call to the Goodwill Store, located at 1106 E. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon after customers spotted Jack Tempfer, 51 of Seffner, looking under the doors of the woman’s changing room while a female was trying on clothes.

HCSO reported that when deputies arrived at the store, Tempfer was detained, but during the subsequent investigation, Tempfer stated that the female was his girlfriend and he was at the store to pick up clothes.

However, deputies reviewed store surveillance videos and confirmed Tempfer’s activity of peeping under the dressing room door.

It was also established that the victim, Alena Naron, 50, was not the Peeping Tom’s girlfriend.
Tempfer was arrested and charged with Voyeurism, Disorderly Moral Conduct and taken to the Hillsborough County Orient Road Jail.

The Sheriff’s Office also reported a second incident that took place a day prior involving a similar act.
On Wednesday, January 4, 2017, a plain clothes female detective observed James McEwen, 28 of Riverview enter the women’s restroom at the Publix located at 3863 S Hwy 301 in Riverview, FL.

The Sheriff’s Office said that the detective also entered the restroom and entered an individual stall and locked it behind her and, while in the stall, she noticed the shadow of a person holding a phone, whom appeared to be video recording her from within the next a stall.

The detective utilized her own surveillance equipment and confirmed that McEwen was video recording her attempt to use the restroom. Exiting the stall the detective arrested McEwen without incident. HCSO detectives have seized McEwen’s cell phone and will execute a search warrant to determine if there are any other victims of McEwen’s illegal video voyeurism.  

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s detectives are asking the public that if anyone suspect they may be a victim of McEwen’s illegal video recording, to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200.  
HCSO is also urging residents to be vigilant as a way to avoid being victims of this crime. For information about HCSO please visit www.HCSO.tampa.fl.us.