Anti-Peeping Tom bill sponsored by Beth Gaines prompted by EHD Peeper

by Placerville Newswire / May 01, 2016 / comments

In April, Beth Gaines' Disorderly Conduct Bill, Assembly Bill 1772. was passed out of the Public Safety Committee. AB 1772, otherwise known as the “Peeping Tom Bill” would allow local district attorneys to increase the penalty of a previously convicted Peeping Tom from a misdemeanor to a felony if evidence supports such an increase.

This is a huge victory in our effort to stand up for women and children everywhere who are the victims of these egregious invasions of privacy. The cause for this bill came from an incident in which 45 women from El Dorado County, including some who were minors, were targeted by a serial Peeping Tom in their homes or in local stores using a cell phone camera. These criminals must receive more than a slap on the wrist for violating the safety and privacy of innocent and often underage women, and this bill would allow the justice system to give perpetrators the penalty they deserve.

"The Majority party wants leniency when it comes to putting criminals behind bars, so we still have more battles ahead of us; however, I will continue to fight for the privacy of women and children in our community and across the State" says Gaines. "With this victory we are one step closer" she adds.