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Perv caught videotaping boy released, rearrested


This beast, Donald C. Mason, 34, is charged Tuesday with voyeurism. He told police he was “just screwing around” and denied doing anything wrong.

Sickness in Washington State. It’s hard to believe that voyeurism is not considered a crime in either local court rules or in Washington state’s sentencing laws, but that is the case, the article says, according to the prosecutor’s office.

A man accused of secretly videotaping a 13-year-old boy in a bathroom stall at a Tumwater apartment complex was out on bail in a few hours, which has the boy’s parents plenty angry.

The suspect, Donald C. Mason, 34, was rearrested and charged Tuesday with three counts of voyeurism and booked into the Thurston County Jail. It was the second time in 24 hours he had been arrested.

The first time, he paid $2,500 in bail and was released. He temporarily returned to the Alpine Village apartments at 301 T St., where he lives and where the victim was visiting his father, who also lives in the apartments.

The boy’s parents wondered how someone accused of a sex crime involving children could be released so soon and with no oversight, especially to an apartment complex where children live. They notified Thurston County prosecutors, who responded by filing charges and asking the judge for an arrest warrant.

“I want to see this taken care of. I want to see this reach a conclusion,” said the victim’s mother, who is not being named to protect her son’s identity. “I was shocked to hear that he was released.”

…Police were called after the 13-year-old victim’s father confronted Mason outside the apartment complex’s clubhouse, where the pool and saunas are located. The boy was in a bathroom stall when he noticed a video camera pointed at him from under the door, police reports say. When the boy opened the door, he found the suspect, who asked: “Did I scare you?” police reports say.

When the boy told his father, the father approached the suspect, who was standing outside the clubhouse with a bag. The father tried to force the suspect to empty his bag and when he wouldn’t do it completely, the father ripped the bag away and found the camera, police reports say.

Police reviewed footage from the camera and found shots of the boy, along with film of two young girls also in a bathroom. The camera battery died before police could watch any further, Tumwater police Detective Jon Weiks said.

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