Friday, January 17, 2014

IL - Lawsuit: Police, others viewed video of women undressing

Peeping Tom
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LINCOLN - Two Springfield women are seeking $500,000 in a lawsuit against a Lincoln man, two Lincoln police officers and the city of Lincoln after they said a video recording of the women changing clothes was played for other police officers and several firefighters.

The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Springfield by the women who were identified as Jane Doe I and Jane Doe II. The suit alleges that in October 2012, Jackson Johnson, 33, of Lincoln secretly recorded the women after inviting them to use his home to clean up and change clothes following a group run.

Johnson was charged with making an unauthorized video recording. He was fined $2,437, ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and placed on probation for two years.

The suit filed Jan. 7 contends the video was taken to the Lincoln Police Department and that Sean Pettit, a Lincoln police officer, played the video for other police officers and firefighters. The suit also contends Robert Sherren was Pettit’s supervisor and acquiesced or allowed the taped to be played.

The plaintiffs contend that in January 2013, the Logan County state’s attorney’s office notified them the videotape was played and that, as a result, they continue to suffer severe emotional injuries, according to the lawsuit.

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