ST. GEORGE – A St. George man was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of voyeurism and lewdness after residents called police about someone watching them through a window.
According to a probable cause statement, a police officer was dispatched to a St. George residence just after 6 a.m., after two people inside heard noises coming from outside and allegedly caught glimpses of a man peeking at them through windows.
St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said the man, James Wyldon Austin, 35, of St. George, was “engaged in a lewd act” while peeking through the windows. He was subsequently contacted by police and arrested.
As police inspected the window where the incident occurred, it was discovered that the window screen had been removed and a chair had been placed by the window, possibly to be used as a step, according to the probable cause statement.
Austin has been charged with two counts of class-B misdemeanor voyeurism and a third-degree felony for a lewd act. Despain said the lewdness charge was raised to a felony due to prior incidents involving lewd conduct. Austin has been booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility.
Ed. Note: Persons charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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