Crime

Mooresville man arrested after victim secretly filmed taking a shower

A registered sex offender from Mooresville was arrested on peeping and other charges after a victim said she was secretly filmed taking a shower in a home in southern Iredell County.

Lee Earnest Williams, 33, was charged with four counts of felony secret peeping and one count each of fail to notify new online identifier and sex offender on social media. He was jailed on $45,000 bail.

While reviewing evidence in the peeping case, Iredell County sheriff’s detectives found that Williams had also created a profile and was active on Kik, an instant messenger app for mobile devices.

Registered sex offenders are prohibited from having profiles on social media sites that allow anyone under age 18 to be members.

Williams is on the N.C. Sex Offender Registry after being convicted of statutory rape of a child and indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 in Massachusetts in 2005, the sheriff’s office said.

He has three convictions in Iredell, Alexander and Gaston counties for sex offender-fail to register a new address and has charges pending in Iredell County for failing to register.

The sheriff’s office began investigating the secret peeping after a report was filed with investigators April 26.

Investigators have released no other details, including the age of the victim, whether the filming happened in the suspect’s home or another home or how or whether Williams knew the victim.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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