ONLY ON 3: Family says it caught cop peeping on teenage daughter

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Submitted: Sat, 12/17/2011 - 4:58am
Updated: Mon, 07/09/2012 - 9:34pm

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.


  • Mikeee says:

    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 says:

    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 law enforcement officer was doing his job, serving his community, as far as I am concerned… investigating suspicious activity at a home. Has anyone ever stopped to think that maybe, JUST MAYBE, it was a ploy to cover up some suspicious goings-on at the residence?? PROBABLY NOT… and furthermore, to those of you who will criticize this comment, I hope you do, because that will be exactly the audience I want to address. This is what’s wrong with society. YOU, will sit back and throw stones at the vulnerable in their time of need, but if the shoe was on the other foot, I am pretty sure it would be a long row to hoe…….
    a concerned citizen around the oaky neck

  • Shannon Pretty says:

    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 and my children are getting ready for school…all of this and this Police Officer (at the time) has not once knocked on the door to let us know he is going up onto our property, nor does he hear my fiance’s boots clomping up the stairs in the back that lead to my daughter’s room (as he goes to investigate why our dog is acting so weird and barking so much)…through ALL of this he CONTINUES to watch our daughter as he is CROUCHED DOWN mind you, with his face glued to her sliding glass doors.

    I’m sorry, but your definition of “A local law enforcement officer was doing his job, serving his community, as far as I’m concerned…investigating suspicious activity at a home” is far different than mine and most other people’s. He had NO REASON to be up there to begin with, especially after seeing the area was clear, and definitely NO REASON to be crouched down and watching my daughter the way he was. Suspicious indeed. Sadly my children are now traumatized and are afraid to be in their own home, in their own beds…by someone who was supposed to be the EPITOME of our community, sworn to provide safety and protection.

    I HOPE you have children of your own…go take a close look at them in their rooms, now pretend they have sliding glass doors and that someone is crouched down and watching them through that glass. Now tell me how you would feel catching that person red-handed in the act…and tell me what you would say to your children to try to help them feel safe in that room when they want to sleep next to you…or on the couch because they are too terrified to sleep in their OWN beds.

    I am SICKENED by all of this, and I am extremely proud of the way our police department has handled this so far. I pray for mercy on this man’s soul and hope he has learned his lesson and that he stays away from minor children from this point forward.

    God Bless You for your loyalty to your friend, but I hope you NEVER have to experience what my family has gone through due to his actions.

  • northend original says:

    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. got my son to take him through my house (not get his parents) and was looking in our back window at my wife in bed. he stated as I forcefully walked him off my property he had the right to do that. Of course he did not. They even sent two officers up to check me out, everone knows me on the north end from 84 to 02. This has been an issue for years, you get what you pay for. The town manager told me it was all a mistake and did not fire the guy, well maybe they are getting better. Not so much in leland management.

  • Chris says:

    I’ve lived in North Topsail for almost 10 years. We have a good police department. Officer Simpson’s actions are just that-HIS personal actions. They were not condoned by, nor do they reflect the professionalism displayed by the Police department, hence the quick action by Chief Fillinger to terminate Simpson. This former officers actions were unacceptable. The department’s actions to quickly terminate him and to call in the SBI were spot on. I’m proud of our town and our police department.
    I’m not in law enforcement. I’m just a retired Marine.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    Sorry buttercup, I was defending people like you. Guess you fall in the catagory he was talking about. No worries though. How is that wanna be career you got going on working out? Say’s who? Say’s kblue don’t have a clue!!!

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    Couldn’t think of anything original to say? Looking for a little attention?

  • kblue2221984 says:

    “Your” doing a great job!! Keep up the awesome work…. Say’s who? Say’s Kblue!

  • Non-resident says:

    Congratulations to the North Topsail Chief of Police for acting in what appears to be a responsible manner. Outwardly, it seems his quick and uncompromising actions might serve as a good example for other town councils and law enforcement agencies. I hope this experience will not scare this young lady’s psyche for long.

  • Old Guy says:

    Why in Leland this officer would have gotten promoted and given a raise. There, one can point his weapon at other officers, shoot their weapon into the air on New Year’s Eve while he was drunk and his wife had to wrestle it from his hand, punch another officer, have sex with informants and other officers in town buildings, cheat on sergeant’s exam, lie, shoot fellow officers causing injury with simmunition rounds and tasers, hit each other in the crotch, make traffic stops without reasonable suspicion or probable cause so that they can look at the women and drive like they want too anytime they want too.
    So yes I agree that there are Chiefs of Police that have scruples and can do the right thing! Thank you Chief for being a stand up guy not somebody that only wants to save their namby pamby job!

  • Guest28451 says:

    Maybe Tim Jayne will hire him for the LPD he seems to fit the mold for the bottomfeeders that permeate the department. On the other hand can we please clone the Chief of North TopSail we need him down here to clean out the festering pile of crap that resides at the Police Station’

  • D Taylor says:

    The chief will squash this and enjoy a thick envelope from the corrupt cop union, like every other xmas.

  • Guest2020 says:

    This is not a “personnel” issue. It’s a criminal issue.

  • Guest238764 says:

    Another Leland played out? That’s a pretty far stretch. The SBI’s been at that one for how long now? Nothing at all has come out of that “investigation”. Probably never will since a negative outcome will create additional headaches for the SBI, DA, and Attorney General. Brand new Mayor Bozeman has obviously joined the “old boys club”, as she’s done nothing to improve the situation over here. She’s now in a perfect position for any favors a developer might want in exchange for her being an exclusive sales agent.

  • seriously????? says:

    Kudos to the Chief for firing the Officer. The SBI investigating the case however may just open up a new can of worms for the Police Department and those currently employed. I hope everyone’s hands are clean….if not we may just see another Leland PD play out.

  • brunswickgrama says:

    there are no real requirements to become an officer in NC. High school graduate then rookie school. We really need to require at least an associates degree ,some officers are far to immature.

  • JezebelJean says:

    Kind of makes you wonder what kind of screening process is used when hiring police. With unemployment being what it is, you’d think there’d be scads of impeccable applicants, which should be the only people hired for these positions.

  • katie12 says:

    Unfortunately there aren’t “scads of impeccacble applicants” which is why so many police departments across the country operate undermanned. There are many background checks and vetting an officer has to go through, even up to the State level, so it seems like this guy may have flew under the radar. Stop judging all officers by the actions of a few. Bad Apples seem to find there way in every industry everywhere. Kudos North Topsail for taking a stand!

  • timmyflew says:

    Most agencies do a psych test,polygraph,credit score,complete criminal history,physical etc… But even the best applicant can end up being something you would have never thought. Do not generalize police officers when .00001% of them are bad. Not all police officers are bad. Nor are all basketball coaches. But I just don’t know about Catholic Priests!!!!!

  • Guest 2011 says:

    “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.” (Unquote)

    Hold on WWAY…better wait and see if this officer was actually dispatched out there as he said he was and for what he says he was, and see if the Chief didn’t fire this officer prematurely to keep it from becoming a “Cold Case File” in the eyes of the public.
    I would hate to think that in a situation where police were (i.e.) on surveillance, or “stake out”, that if part of their process involved them witnessing an individual dressing or undressing from eye shot range or otherwise winds up costing them their jobs due to some half story news reporting.
    Let the S.B. I. make its decision then report this story WWAY.

    Quote: ” “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.” (Unquote)
    Now you have the male readers here letting their imagination run wild WWAY.
    Bad reporting and cheap…and one of these days stories printed such as this is going to come back and haunt a media group if they are premature or dead wrong.
    I read a report such as this one and it reminds me of news stories where the media states…”Our area is doing better then most other areas in the country in this recession”…and then a week or 2 later it runs a story on how unemployment is up here, and homes sales down or flat.
    “The Emperor’s New Clothes”….HA!!

  • Guestone says:

    Obviously a call hadnt been put in to dispatch regarding a suspicious person or the officer wouldn’t have been terminated as quickly. Rather he would have been suspended, possibly without pay while the call was investigated. The fact that his termination happened so quickly just goes to prove that there was no such call placed to dispatch. They could have checked that fact within minutes.

  • guesty says:

    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.

    All the idiot officer had to do was look in the mirror to find the suspicious person. Good to get him out of law enforcement.

  • Unknown says:

    Recommendation to all. Until you know all of the facts, don’t jump to conclusions. There are plenty of good, knowledgeable and smart police officers around the world, however, whenever an incident like this occurs the civilian population is quick to jump to conclusions and belittle people who serve to protect our lives on a daily basis. We as the people of the communities in this area need to remember not to allow one incident to cause us to be disrespectful to those in the uniform. Is this incident desturbing? Yes, it does cause our nerves to be rattled and causes distress. We feel hurt and compassion for the victims (the FAMILIES) that have been directly affected by this incident. But we must remember to keep our heads on our shoulders and be supportive all the way around.

  • Guest121212 says:

    You must be a current LEO or family member of one. I will agree there are good law enforcement people all over the world,but there are way to many incidents that are happening lately. What you do not realize or wont admit is there are many things that are never reported or found out about. Spent 17 years working with you folks and it was painful being around most of the people I worked with from my agency and others I worked with. In general these folks actual thought they were better than the people they came into contact with and enjoyed a good fight with the citzens they were paid to protect. I will not judge an individual until I have met and interacted with that individual but the positive experiences have been limited at best.

  • D Taylor says:

    Please drop the BS. The media got hold of it, before the rest of the animals in blue could get to the family. The other pedohiles will convince the family to get out of town and the tapes will disappear.

  • kblue2221984 says:

    TIMILLICKY!!!! last 2 posters rock!!!!Say’s who? Say’s Kblue!

  • Red says:

    I’m glad that the chief fired the cop and that he said the cop will never work in law enforcement again and I hope he will also file charges and the victim will see justice too! not just the intermediary action. But it’s really hard to cross that blue line when it comes to actually pressing charges.

  • D Taylor says:

    Sadly the family will need to move away. This pedophile will be be protected by the other perverts in blue. These animals will convince the family to change their testimony.

  • Old Guy says:

    If they were the officers that belong to these fine oganizations would be out of their jobs as quick as you can say preverts! Of course not for the AFLCIO. They don’t fit into the equation at all!

  • guesty says:

    Sorry chuckles, I’m a North Carolina native and have only lived in this state. Just not as backwoods as you were raised, Jed. Therefore, I don’t quite qualify as a yankee. Secondly, nowhere did I advocate unions nor attempt to bring one here, I just stated a fact that there are 3 police union organizations here already.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    Moron!!! They don’t have unions here. You must be a yankee come lately.

  • guesty says:

    FOP, PBA and AFLCIO are local police unions.

  • Jed99 says:

    You damn Yankees have nothing better to do but come down here because you like it here so much and then you screw it up by putting homeowner associations and try to get unions here. Worry about yourselves and love thy neighbor instead of being two faced idiots. The police department is compromised of a percentage of the community. So think about it. If you want to bad mouth someone, why don’t try getting hired on a police department and go through all of the training if you can then you can bitch all you want.

  • Guest121212 says:

    Are you kidding me with that %. Lets go ahead and raise it to about 50% all call it quits.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    Only one idiot comment per story. Please grow up and come back later.

  • Joe Citizen says:

    How dare you “group” those in blue as “perverts”…you are disgusting for implying that any and everyone who takes the job to defend us and watch out for our safety-DAILY- as perverts and animals. I am offended for the fine upstanding men and women and their families at your implication! This officer is deplorable for HIS actions but this in no way should be a reflection on this Police Department as a whole. Shame on you for deflecting the focus from the TRUE offender and trying to muddy the waters with false accusations/implications.

  • Guest461 says:

    …are likely tied to the negative attributes of your criminal history. Both you and D Taylor exhibit obvious disdain for law enforcment personnel. A very common response from faceless cyber-warriors that can’t function in ordinary society without being a criminal, having constant conflict with the police and spending a little time in a 8 x 10. Always have to blame your problems on others don’t you? Life can be such a bit*h, especially when you’re stupid.

    Sorry, but you know how it goes, “The Smeller is the Feller!”.

  • GuestUsed2B99x says:

    Sorry, 461, no cigar for you today. You really believe that because someone is against misconduct by law enforcement that they are criminals? Speaking of stupidity, the stupidity inherent in your comments makes me question why you are allowed to vote.

    Here’s a source to have a little fun with:

    The report is entitled “Justice Expenditures and Employment, 1982-2007 – Statistical Tables”, written by Tracey Kyckelhahn, Ph.D.

    During 2007, the cost of the nation’s police protection, corrections, and judicial and legal services was $228 billion, an increase of 171% since 1982, after adjusting for inflation. Between 2002 and 2007, public expenditures for criminal and civil justice remained flat.

    Per capita justice expenditures totaled $755 per U.S. resident in 2007, a decline of 5% from the inflation adjusted 2002 peak of $791 per resident.

    In 2007, a total of 2.5 million persons were employed in the nation’s justice system, an increase of 93% from 1982, when 1.3 million persons were employed.

    The justice employment rate increased from 5.5 employees per 1,000 U.S. residents in 1982 to 8.1 in 2001. This rate held steady between 2002 and 2007.

  • Guest461 says:

    No problem with anyone being against misconduct by law enforcement. Nobody likes a bad cop, or a bad preacher, or a bad teacher, or a bad day-care attendant. My comment was simply indicative of the people that tend to group ALL law enforcement into the category of “perverts” and being “on the take by police unions” because of the actions of one. THAT my rambling friend, indicates hatred and disgust for all law enforcement which dribbles back to their own “bad” experiences with law enforcement. Bad experiences are highly relative to their criminal records. Criminals don’t like the law OR the people that are put to task to enforce it. It’s a simple and basic concept, put some study in it.

    So tell us all Einstein. Just who are YOU to question MY allowance to vote when you ramble on with useless expenditure data that means absolutely ZILCHO to this subject?

    You can have the nasty cigar, I don’t smoke…

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