Thursday, October 2, 2003

No charges to be filed in landlord voyeurism case

The Associated Press

GIBSONBURG, Ohio - No charges will be filed in a voyeurism case in which about 650 people were taped showering and using bathrooms in their apartments and at an insurance office.

The building's owner, James Rogers, fatally shot himself in January 2002 after police found stacks of videotapes in a search of his apartment.

Authorities think another man may have been involved in the videotaping, but Sandusky County Prosecutor Tom Stierwalt said Tuesday that there was not enough evidence to charge anyone.

Rogers, a respected insurance agent, had been taping people since 1996, police said.

Some people, including children, were videotaped at birthday parties in a room he rented out for special occasions.

Police were tipped off by a tenant who found a hole in his ceiling. They believe Rogers disguised a video camera to look like a smoke alarm.

More than 20 people have filed lawsuits against Rogers' estate.

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