Retired NC police sergeant charged with peeping

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Mickey Edwin Cook, 64, of Belmont

BELMONT, N.C. — A retired Gaston County police sergeant is accused of installing a video camera in a woman’s apartment and spying on her.

The Gaston Gazette reported that Mickey Edwin Cook, 64, of Belmont, was charged with misdemeanor secret peeping on Thursday.

Police said the suspect was also the victim’s landlord. The suspect and his wife reportedly have an apartment near beside their home that they have been renting out to the victim since November.

Police said the victim is a single mother in her upper 30s who lives at the apartment with her child.

The woman told police that a friend noticed a small pinhole camera between the slats of an air conditioning vent on Thursday.

Authorities said they pulled the camera out of the vent, clipped off wires attached to it and brought it to police.

Officers said they traced the camera back to the suspect’s home after the suspect’s wife gave them permission to search their residence.

The wire ran underground and was connected to a TV monitor and a VCR recording device owned by the suspect, officials said.

The suspect was reportedly arrested when he returned home as the search was underway.

Officials said he was released from the Gaston County Jail after posting a $2,500 bond and has court planned for Aug. 6.

Source: The Gaston Gazette