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Voyeur granted chance at counseling

Article Date: 
21 June, 2013 (All day)

Following months of psychological therapy, Brigham City resident Douglas K. Beesley appeared in court Wednesday with his attorney facing voyeurism charges that originated in Morgan County.  He was granted six months to complete his counseling program.
Morgan County Sheriff officers observed Beesley, 51, photographing the pubic areas of young girls at the 2011 Widowmaker motorcycle hill climb event in Croydon, Utah.  
According to police reports, girls in the photos ranged from ages 8 to 19.  Many of the females were dressed in swimming suits.  Some photos appear to have been taken covertly under a table.
“It was clear that the young girls did not know that they were being photographed,” according to police records.
When officers confronted Beesley at the scene, “he dropped his head and had the appearance of being remorseful.”  Deputies escorted Beesley from the event and told him not to return.
Reviewing the photos on Beesley’s camera, officers said, “It was clear (he) had been stalking some of the young girls and also some teenagers. Series of photos were taken as (he) followed young girls around the area or watched them from a place of concealment.”
Of the 891 photos on Beesley’s camera, only 25 were of the motorcycles climbing the hill.  “The rest were of girls, and most of them were of young girls,” according to police reports.
In police reports, officers said that although the photos were taken in a public area, the photos were “clearly a violation of a person’s privacy.”  
When interviewed by police, Beesley admitted to being “out of control” while at the hill climb event.
The county attorney agreed that Beesley had violated the state voyeurism laws.  Beelsey faced felony and misdemeanor voyeurism charges originally filed June 24, 2011.  He entered a plea in abeyance in 2011.  This allowed his plea to be placed on hold while completing court-ordered requirements.  When terms are completed, any guilty plea can be withdrawn and charges dismissed.