Sandy man charged with filming unknowing people through their windows

A Sandy man is facing charges of voyeurism accusing him of recording people with his phone through their windows.

A Sandy man is facing charges of voyeurism accusing him of recording people with his phone through their windows. (Barbra Ford, Shutterstock)

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SANDY — A Sandy man was charged Tuesday with secretly recording people through their windows.

Damian Lucas Allen, 20, is charged in 3rd District Court with four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony; and five counts of voyeurism and failing to stop at the command of police, class A misdemeanors.

On March 31, a woman observed a man, later determined to be Allen, looking in her window about 2 a.m., according to charging documents. "(She) saw the male had a cellphone illuminating his face and appeared to be photographing or filming her."

On April 5, Allen allegedly returned to the same home just before 1 a.m. and the woman called police. Responding officers spotted Allen on his bicycle and he fled from them, according to the charges. Officers later found the bicycle abandoned near a grocery store but were able to track down Allen a few hours later at his home.

On April 24, detectives served a search warrant on the cellphone they had seized from Allen. They found three videos of the woman who called police, recorded between March 19 and April 5, all between 12:30 a.m. and 12:45 a.m., the charges allege.

"All three videos depict (the woman) within her home in various states of dress and undress," according to charging documents.

Police reported finding a fourth voyeuristic video of a couple on the phone. Investigators were able to identify the man and woman and contacted them. Police also said they found "a fifth seemingly voyeuristic video" but were unable to identify the woman who was recorded.

While searching Allen's phone, detectives also found several videos of child sex abuse material that appeared to have been downloaded, the charges say.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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