Athens Man Facing Peeping Tom Charges

An Athens man was arrested by Athens-Clarke County police over the weekend for allegedly spying through residents’ windows on East Paces Drive and Reed Street.

Multiple incidents over the past six years led to his arrest, according to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald.

Ronald Howard, 23, of Big Oak Circle was arrested Sunday night on warrants charging him with spying on residents on East Paces Drive in March and on Reed Street in April, police said according to the article. “The victim of the March incident told police she was spied on while inside her home in September. An investigation was ongoing to see if Howard was linked to other such incidents.”

Clarke County Superior Court records show Howard has two other pending peeping Tom cases from 2010 and 2012.

Police were able to find Howard based on victims’ and witnesses’ descriptions of him.

“Victims and witnesses in the March and April incidents told police the intruder was a heavy-set black male with shoulder-length hair and drove a green Honda sedan,” the article reads. “Howard, a black male, is five feet, two inches and weighs 200 pounds, according to the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office. In a booking photo taken of Howard at the Clarke County Jail the suspect is seen with long hair that is either braided or in a ponytail.”

Additionally, police said the Reed Street victim knew Howard and was able to see his face by a street light near the victim’s bedroom window.

“That victim and a witness to the East Paces Drive incident told police the offender drove a green Honda sedan, and police said Howard owned a green 2002 Honda Accord,” according to the ABH article.

Warrants were obtained by police charging Howard with two counts of peeping Tom, a felony.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Howard Sunday night. He was being held at the jail without bail. “The earlier criminal cases against Howard appear to have stalled over the issue of the defendant’s mental health,” the ABH reports. “In May 2015 a judge ordered Howard to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, and in November ordered him to undergo competency restoration training with Advantage Behavioral Health Systems, according to court records.”

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