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.