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NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A scene no parent wants to stumble upon: A peeping Tom outside their daughter’s window. A North Topsail Beach family says that’s what happened to them. They were even more horrified when they say they realized the man outside their home was a police officer. The family did not want to speak on camera, but told us their story by phone and let us come to their home and get video.

“I’m just scared, I guess,” the alleged victim, 17-year-old Caitlin Pretty, said. “I hate being outside. I hate being in my room now. It’s just terrifying.”

Pretty doesn’t feel comfortable in her own home after she says she fell prey to a peeping Tom. Caitlin’s mother Shannon says her fiance caught the man early Wednesday morning.

“He sees a figure that is crouched down at my daughter’s sliding glass door watching her through her blinds,” Shannon Pretty said.

Shannon told us her fiance began yelling at the man to come down, and when he started walking down the stairs from the second-floor balcony, the fiance realized it was an officer in uniform.

The cop, who the town says was Ofc. Casey Simpson of the North Topsail Police Department, told Shannon’s fiance he was called to the area to look for a suspicious person.

“He actually told my fiance he went up there to see what a person would be looking at, and now he knows what that is,” Shannon said.

“I started off in a towel, and then I changed into my bra and panties, and then I just sat down on my bed and started doing my make-up and blow drying my hair,” Caitlin said.

“The Chief of Police and the major of the department came to the house that morning and apologized on behalf of the police department that this could happen,” Shannon said. “They said the officer was terminated and that he would never work in law enforcement again.”

We tried contacting the North Topsail Beach Police Department, but no one would comment. The town told us the incident is under investigation, but that they can’t talk about it, because it’s a personnel issue.

We tried to contact Simpson at his home, but his wife said he had just stepped out. When asked whether her husband is still employed with North Topsail Beach Police, she refused to comment.

The Pretty family is pressing charges for trespassing and secret peeping. They have been told the SBI is also investigating.

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Shannon Pretty
2015 years 11 months ago

I’m sure it comes as a shock to you since you know Mr. Simpson, so of course it is natural to stand up for him. I will ask you this…what part of DOING HIS JOB entailed going up onto my daughter’s second floor deck, CLEARLY seeing NO ONE was around on this deck, then deciding to CROUCH DOWN and WATCH her as she was getting dressed through the blinds on her sliding glass doors?!?! Meanwhile…my dog is barking, my fiance has started his vehicle, the lights are on INSIDE our house because we are getting ready for work… Read more »

northend original
2015 years 11 months ago

I lived on the north end for years. Was nothing to find Deion, or the fire department guys lurking on our decks. Bunch of wantabee’s. One year I had a small chimnia on my deck. Wife and I had just got into bed which face the sliding door to the deck. about 5 minutes later I see a shadow on my deck of a man, he was almost shot, but I saw a smaller figure, my 11 year old son. This idoit volunteer, assistant fire cheif, saw the small fire from the road. … Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

A little advice to the officer and his family. Make sure you obtain a copy of the statement made by the alleged victim or it could end up vanishing like the one in the Stidham case did in 2006 and like Mr Stidham you could end up being convicted without one piece of evidence against you. It’s all about looking good to the media and not givng one concern for the truth.

a concerned citizen
2015 years 11 months ago

I have known Officer Simpson for 27 years and I know without a doubt in my mind that he would do no such a thing. I personally don’t agree with the way that this matter is being handled, slanderous and all, of course he was terminated – to save face of the GREAT town of NTB’s police department. It was reported in the paper; do you really find it necessary to call his home and ask him if he was terminated??? What kind of predatory reporters are you?? And what kind of people buy into this mass-guided frenzy????? A local… Read more »

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