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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

    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

    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.

  • Mikeee

    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

    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

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