In mid-October, Scottsdale Police Department arrested an alleged peeping Tom who used Snapchat to locate teenage girls following an investigation that began back in Aug. 2018.
According to the department, it arrested 34-year-old Steven Anthony Spoon Oct. 16, following multiple reports of a man entering yards and peering through windows
“Through extensive investigation and anonymous tips, a person of interest, Steven Anthony Spoon, was developed. Further investigation of Spoon linked him as the suspect in several of the reported crimes,” according to a department release.
A Scottsdale Police spokesman declined to comment further but court records shed some light on the investigation.
The department later determined “the common thread in the locations was that there were one or more teenage females” in the homes during the incidents, according to a probable cause statement.
Spoon later admitted he posed as a teenage girl using a fake Snapchat account to contact girls and locate girls according to a police statement.
Snapchat is a smartphone application popular with younger audiences.
Scottsdale Police began receiving reports in Aug. 2018, according to court records.
Surveillance video from one of the homes showed a man with something covering his face moving around the backyard near the owner’s 14-year-old daughter’s bathroom and bedroom windows.
Police learned last July five teen girls told a mother they thought someone took a photo of them from outside, during a sleepover.
Officers caught a break in July when a Scottsdale resident called to report a suspicious man entering a neighborhood. Police used license plate information from the call to track down Spoon, a Tempe resident and nurse at Honor Health’s Osborn campus in Scottsdale.
Officers later arrested Spoon after witnessing him jump a wall.
Spoon allegedly told officers he was practicing parkour skills, but later admitted to using his parkour skills to look through windows at young girls, according to court records.
Scottsdale Police arrested Spoon on 45 felony and misdemeanor charges, including criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and unlawful viewing.
According to Scottsdale police, Spoon admitted to targeting teenage girls' homes to watch them change or shower.
Court records show Spoon was released on a $20,000 bond and must wear an electronic monitoring device.
The investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Scottsdale Police Department at 480-312-5000.