Father alleges man spied on son in bathroom stall at Belmont MallBy BEA LEWIS
Union Leader Correspondent
July 18. 2018 9:57PM
BELMONT - Police are looking for a man suspected of peeking through a gap in the stall door of a public bathroom while it was being used by a child.
Belmont police began investigating after receiving a report from a parent Monday that his juvenile son had been using a stall in the men's room at Belknap Mall when the incident occurred.
“We are very concerned about this,” Belmont Police Capt. Richard Mann said, noting the same man also was observed watching kids in the mall's play area late Monday afternoon.
If identified, the man could face an invasion of privacy charge, which is a misdemeanor offense.
Police canvassed the mall and the parking lot without success.
Available surveillance video is now being reviewed.
Authorities do not believe the peeping incident is related to a similar crime in Tilton, where a man was arrested after he allegedly peered over the dividing wall of a changing room being used by a teen girl at the Gap store at Tanger Outlets in Tilton.
As Belmont police do not currently have a description of their alleged peeper, they are asking anyone who was at the mall on July 16 about 4:30 to 4:45 p.m. who may have observed something out of the ordinary to call investigators at 276-8350.
Cpl. Matthew Terry is leading the investigation.
Police recommend that a parent or guardian accompany a child to and from any public restroom.