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Rock Hill’s alleged serial peeping Tom accused of assaulting girlfriend, fleeing police

By Jonathan McFadden
jmcfadden@heraldonline.com
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ROCK HILL It wasn’t peeping this time, but Rock Hill’s alleged serial peeping Tom is back in jail again after police say he assaulted his girlfriend when they left a chicken restaurant on Saturday, and then tried dodging officers who found him hiding behind houses.

Travis Cousar, a registered sex offender identified as a suspect in at least 18 peeping Tom and indecent exposure cases as far back as 2008, is charged with criminal domestic violence and resisting arrest, according to a Rock Hill police report.

At about 9 p.m., police were sent to a Calhoun Street home, off South Cherry Road, after a woman, 31, reported that she had been assaulted, the report states. Police noted that she had swelling on her forehead and her lip was bleeding. The woman told authorities she and Cousar had been arguing over another man while they were out at the Chicken King restaurant on Cherry Road. When they returned home, Cousar allegedly pushed her and began punching her on the head.

By the time police arrived at the home, Cousar had fled, the report states, prompting police to circulate the area. They eventually found him hiding behind a house on Bynum Avenue. Cousar ran again, the report states, but was soon found behind another Bynum Avenue home. Cousar refused to allow police to handcuff him, the report states. After a brief struggle, Cousar was arrested and taken to jail.

Although accused in several Peeping Tom cases, Cousar was only convicted in one when a victim pursued the case through court. Last February, he pleaded guilty to harassment and was sentenced to a year in prison followed by three years’ probation. The first six months of that probation was to be spent on house arrest at his aunt’s Chester County home. He was sent to prison in June 2013, but then released five months later, said Clark Newsom, state Department of Corrections spokesman.

Since then, he had been arrested and charged with resisting arrest and two counts of assault and battery, according to records with the State Law Enforcement Division. His probation has been revoked four times in the past, said Pete O’Boyle, spokesman for the state Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. He violated probation after one of his more recent arrests.

By Monday afternoon, Cousar was held at the Rock Hill jail on an $11,000 bond.

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