Batesville man charged with taking videos of juvenile in store changing room

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A Batesville man has been charged in Independence County Circuit Court with three counts of video voyeurism, and under the Habitual Offender Act as well.

Batesville Police, in their report to the prosecuting attorney, said this is what happened:  At a clothing store last Friday, Aug. 10, patrolman Rick King made contact with the complainant. She stated that she and her children were inside the clothing store on Harrison Street in Batesville and were shopping for clothes when her juvenile daughter went into the changing room to try on some clothes. She was in and out a few times.

On one return trip to the changing room, the juvenile noticed someone holding a phone over the top of the wall from the next dressing room. The juvenile female got scared and called for her mother. While the mother was talking with the child about the incident, a male subject wearing a blue shirt exited the stall next to the one the juvenile was in. The girl then pointed out the male subject. The mother then went outside the store and contacted police.

Store video, when checked by authorities, verified someone was in the middle dressing room and holding a phone over, and into, the dressing room where the juvenile female was changing. A store employee advised authorities that the suspect, 26-year-old Brandon Webster, comes into the store often but never buys anything.

The employee said he stays inside the store for 30 minutes to an hour at a time and then leaves. The employee also said she reviewed the footage and saw Webster enter the dressing room on three different occasions and hold his phone over into another dressing room. She said she positively identified the man as Brandon Webster.

On Aug. 12, patrolman Bobby Moser was driving through the area of Webster’s residence on Quarry B Road. Moser saw Webster outside the residence and pulled in. He approached Webster and advised him he was under arrest for video voyeurism. Webster broke free and ran into the residence. Moser went after him and after a short struggle, took him into custody.

After a review of Webster’s criminal history, it was revealed that he has been convicted of more than four previous felony charges.

Webster is now in custody and charged with three counts of video voyeurism, a Class D felony. Judge Chaney Taylor set Webster’s bond at $15,000 cash.

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