Sex offender arrested for peeping Tom incident at Norfolk gym


THIS STORY AND BRING YOU ANY UPDATES. (TOM) NEW TONIGHT — WE’RE HEARING FROM ONE OF THE MANY VICTIMS IN A DISTURBING PEEPING TOM CASE — AT A NORFOLK GYM. (ANITA) ACCORDING TO COURT DOCUMENTS, 40 YEAR OLD JAMES EDDY THE THIRD ADMITTED TO FILMING UP TO TWENTY WOMEN AS THEY TANNED AT PLANET FITNESS. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S LIZ KILMER JOINS US FROM THE NEWSROOM WITH THE LATEST ON THIS STORY. (LIZ) COURT DOCUMENTS SAY EDDY – ALREADY A SEX OFFENDER — FILMED THE VICTIMS FROM THE CEILING ABOVE THE BEDS. SOME MAY NOT EVEN KNOW THEY WERE VICTIMIZED. BUT THE WOMAN WHO WE TALKED TO– REALIZED WHAT WAS HAPPENING. MEANTIME, SHE’S TRYING TO COPE, DEALING WITH THIS AND HER HUSBAND’S DEPLOYMENT. SHARING HER STORY, IN HOPES OF HELPING OTHER WOMEN. (MELANIE SAMPSON/VICTIM) “I ENTERED THE ROOM AND HAD HEARD SOME SCUFFLING.” MELANIE SAMPSON DIDN’T THINK MUCH OF IT, AS SHE STEPPED INTO A TANNING BED AT THE PLANET FITNESS ON EAST LITTLE CREEK ROAD BUT WHEN SHE GOT OUT — (MELANIE SAMPSON/VICTIM) “AT THE TIME I LOOKED UP IS WHEN I SAW THE FINGER THROUGH THE CEILING TILE” ACCORDING TO COURT DOCUMENTS — SHE’S NOT THE ONLY ONE. POLICE CHARGED JAMES EDDY — ALREADY A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER – AFTER HE REPORTEDLY ADMITTED TO FILMING WOMEN AT THE GYM FROM DECEMBER TO JANUARY. (MELANIE SAMPSON/VICTIM) “IT’S TAKEN AN EFFECT ON ME THAT JUST — VIOLATED.” EDDY’S CONFESSION — REPORTEDLY CAME DURING A LIE DETECTOR TEST, REQUIRED AS A CONDITION OF HIS SUPERVISED RELEASE AFTER HE SERVED TIME FOR HAVING CHILD PORN. THAT INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED IN 2010 AFTER HE REPORTEDLY FILMED A WOMAN IN A CHESAPEAKE TANNING SALON. (MELANIE SAMPSON/VICTIM) “I DON’T KNOW WHAT POSSESSES SOMEBODY TO DO THAT BUT I JUST WANT MORE WOMEN TO BE AWARE.” NOW KNOWING WHO THE SUSPECT IS — SAMPSON SAYS, SHE REMEMBERS HIM BEING THERE. AFTER THE INCIDENT, HE CAME OUT OF A NEARBY BOOTH, SHE SAYS, AND TRIED TO COMFORT HER. (MELANIE SAMPSON/VICTIM) “HE CAME UP TO ME WHILE I WAS SITTING WAITING FOR NORFOLK PD TO ASK ME IF I WENT TO THE SUSPECT’S HOME — LESS THAN A MILE AWAY FROM THE GYM. KNOCK NO ONE ANSWERED THE DOOR. A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE COMPANY SENT US A STATEMENT, READING, IN PART “WE TAKE THESE MATTERS VERY SERIOUSLY…. WE QUICKLY AND FULLY COOPERATED WITH POLICE IN THIS MATTER.” SAMPSON SAYS SHE DOESN’T BLAME THE GYM. SHE WON’T TAN THERE AGAIN – BUT WILL STILL WORK OUT. (MELANIE SAMPSON/VICTIM) “I DIDN’T WANT HIM TO CHANGE MY LIFE SO MUCH THAT I TAKE AWAY SOMETHING I ENJOY.” (LIZ) ACCORDING TO THE DOCUMENTS, EDDY CLAIMED HE DELETED THE VIDEOS WITHOUT UPLOADING OR TRANSFERRING THEM. WE’RE WORKING TO LEARN IF INVESTIGATORS OBTAINED ANY FOOTAGE — IF THERE’S A WAY FOR OTHER CUSTOMERS TO FIND OUT IF THEY WERE VICTIMS. AS WE LEARN MORE, WE’LL LET YOU KNOW, HEAD TO WAVY DOT COM FOR MORE

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