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Cobb County Man Arrested Inside Women’s Restroom

Posted by Richard Lawson | Apr 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Elisha Gilbert, a 37-year-old man from Kennesaw, has been arrested after being accused of harassing women inside a women's restroom at WellStar in Cobb County.

According to reports, Gilbert has been arrested at this particular WellStar location before. He was previously arrested for criminal trespass in Georgia. But apparently Gilbert continued to return to the property.

This time, Gilbert was arrested for peeping tom. Most people associate peeping tom charges with creepy people or with teenagers - but peeping tom is actually a criminal offense in Georgia.

As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the law behind peeping tom in Georgia as well as the consequences if someone is arrested, found guilty, and convicted of the offense.

Peeping Tom in Georgia

Peeping Tom in Georgia is defined by the Georgia Code in O.C.G.A. §16-11-61 as:

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to be a "peeping Tom" on or about the premises of another or to go about or upon the premises of another for the purpose of becoming a "peeping Tom."

By law, the term "peeping Tom" means a person who peeps through windows or doors, or other like places, on or about the premises of another for the purpose of spying upon or invading the privacy of the persons spied upon and the doing of any other acts of a similar nature which invade the privacy of such persons.

Peeping Tom in Georgia is classified as a felony. This means that if convicted, the penalty will include up to five years in prison, a fine up to $10,000 or both.

Practice Note

A violation of the Peeping Tom Act crosses over two categories of crimes: Violation of Privacy Crimes and Sex Crimes in Georgia. Many people associate sex crimes with Law and Order - but that isn't always the case. The reality is that people are wrongfully arrested for sex crimes just as often as any other criminal offenses.

We have over fifty years of combined experience in Georgia Criminal Defense. We genuinely care about each of our clients and want to ensure that everyone receives a fair trial.

This is why it is so important to hire the Best Georgia Criminal Lawyer to work for you on your case. We will walk you through every step of the way to ensure that you understand the ins and outs of your case and what we are doing to help you.

If you or a loved one has been arrested, contact our offices today.

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