Navy Reservist Gets Probation in Voyeurism Case

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A Navy reservist accused of peering into the rooms of female shipmates and secretly recording video of them has been placed on probation for three years.

Delwen Lamar Sutton was arrested in November at his home in El Cajon and pleaded guilty about a month later to one misdemeanor count of video voyeurism.

During the first six months of his probation term, Sutton will have a curfew, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

According to federal court documents, he was working as a civil service mariner assigned to U.S. Naval Ship Kanawha in February 2013, when a civilian merchant marine caught Sutton lying on the ground outside a shipmate's stateroom door.

Hours later, another shipmate saw Sutton lying on his side with his cellphone pointed at the vent of a female cadet's door. Sutton apologized when confronted and said it would not happen again, according to the complaint.

Sutton's phone, laptop and other electronic devices were seized. An investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service found nude images and videos of at least three women aboard the ship. Agents also found that 23 stateroom doors had damage that made it possible to peek inside the vent louvers.

Sutton admitted in an interview with investigators that he filmed the women and damaged the vents.

He has a separate case pending in El Cajon Superior Court in which he faces one misdemeanor count of prowling and peeking, according to the District Attorney's Office. A trial is scheduled for May 10.

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