Ac­cused voyeur says he couldn’t re­sist temp­ta­tion

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - GRACE BROWN

HOT SPRINGS — A Hot Springs man who was ar­rested af­ter a fe­male gym mem­ber ac­cused him of record­ing her get­ting dressed re­port­edly told Hot Springs po­lice that he couldn’t re­sist “temp­ta­tion.”

Eric Shane Couch, 30, who lists a Can­dle­berry Cir­cle ad­dress, was taken into cus­tody about 12:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day and charged with a felony count of video voyeurism, pun­ish­able by up to six years in prison.

He was later re­leased on $2,500 bond and is to ap­pear July 25 in Gar­land County Dis­trict Court.

About 6:30 a.m. June 26, po­lice of­fi­cer Ja­son Green re­sponded to a call from Flex Fit­ness, 2303 Al­bert Pike Road, and met with a woman who said she had dis­cov­ered that a man, later iden­ti­fied as Couch, was video­tap­ing her get­ting dressed, ac­cord­ing to an af­fi­davit.

The woman ex­plained that the fa­cil­ity has two tan­ning rooms, sep­a­rated by par­ti­tions that do not go all the way up to the ceil­ing. She said she had ex­ited the tan­ning bed and started to get dressed, when she ob­served a cell­phone over the par­ti­tion, the af­fi­davit said.

The woman told po­lice she was nude upon ex­it­ing the tan­ning bed, and no­ticed the phone while still in a semi-dressed state. She said the phone was promptly re­moved as soon as she no­ticed it, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

The woman then left the tan­ning room and asked other pa­trons in the gym who else had been in the tan­ning booth, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. The pa­trons re­port­edly told her Couch walked into the tan­ning sec­tion shortly af­ter she did.

She told Green that when she at­tempted to con­front Couch he walked past her and left.

De­tec­tive Kenny May later con­tacted Couch by phone, telling him the call per­tained to an in­ci­dent at the gym. Dur­ing the phone con­ver­sa­tion, Couch ad­mit­ted to hold­ing his cell­phone over the par­ti­tion in the tan­ning room, po­lice said.

He al­legedly told May that he was able to see her back and but­tocks, adding she was ei­ther nude or wear­ing a thong. He said he did it due to “temp­ta­tion,” and can­celed his mem­ber­ship at Flex Fit­ness the same day, po­lice said.

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