A Michigan man has admitted being a serial “potty peeper” after pleading guilty to looking at a young woman inside a supermarket bathroom stall last fall.
Robert James Bell, 56, of Kalamazoo, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one charge of surveilling an unclothed person as a second offense in Kent County Circuit Court, admitting that he looked over a stall in a woman’s bathroom at a Meijer grocery store in Grandville to spy on a victim last September, MLive.com reports.
Soon later, Bell was dubbed the “Grandville Potty Peeper” by an anonymous police reporting platform called Silent Observer in an attempt to identify him. He was later arrested on a probation violation after tipsters identified the creep, who remains in custody at the Kent County Jail on $50,000 bond.
Bell now faces up to five years in prison when he’s sentenced on May 24 since it’s his second conviction of the same charge. He was sentenced to 37 days in jail after being arrested in September 2011 for surveilling an unclothed person at a Kohl’s department store in Kalamazoo County, court records show. Bell later served a year in jail for violating his probation in that case, MLive.com reports.
In 2013, Bell was accused of peeping at women in public restrooms throughout Alabama, including in Hunstville, Athens and Decatur, AL.com reports. Bell later pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree burglary in the case because prosecutors had to “think outside the box” regarding Bell, who was initially charged with criminal surveillance after allegedly watching women inside bathrooms.
“We believed that we could prove that Bell committed third-degree burglary when he entered these businesses with the intent to commit the crime of criminal surveillance,” Morgan County District Attorney Steve Anderson said. “Our main concern was taking this repeat offender off the streets.”
Anderson at the time requested a five-year prison sentence for Bell, who also admitted in his plea that the crimes were sexually motivated. That admission meant Bell had to register as a sex offender. It was unclear how long Bell had served in prison.
Police in Kalamazoo, meanwhile, also suspect Bell followed women into a locker room at the Kalamazoo YMCA and restrooms at the Kalamazoo Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites, but he has not been charged in connection to those allegations, MLive.com reports.