Pot search leads to voyeurism charge in South Bend

A 44 year old South Bend resident faces a D felony count of voyeurism.

It’s alleged that Delmar Talley, Jr. had a camera pointed out the attic window of his home—and into the second story bedroom window of his neighbor.

“It crosses a line because you have an expectation of privacy in your own home, that someone looks through the top of your windows from an angle from an attic that when you close your bedroom drapes they're not closed perfectly well and someone was literally standing on the other side of the glass looking in,” said St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak.

Court documents allege that Talley not only watched his neighbor disrobe, but that he had 20 videos of her stored on his laptop.

Court documents allege that Talley had been taping his neighbor for about six months.

The situation came to light last Friday by coincidence. Police had gone to Talley’s home as part of a marijuana investigation. “The State Police went into his home as we allege in the supporting documents for the criminal charge to conduct a search warrant regarding a drug investigation and during the course of that search warrant came across evidence that lead to the charges we filed,” said Prosecutor Dvorak.

Court documents allege that police were examining a laptop computer found in the home when they discovered several photographs of a nude female.

Further investigation allegedly revealed an electric extension cord leading into the attic, where a camera and a hair dryer were plugged in. Court documents contend that Talley later told police the hair dryer was used to defrost the attic window during cold periods.

Court documents say that an investigator then confronted Talley’s neighbor with what they had found, and that she “appeared to be quite upset at this information.”

The woman “stated that she had very little contact with Mr. Talley other than brief conversations,” according to a police report filed in connection with the case.

The woman did tell police that Talley had sent her flowers last summer with a card requesting that she call him. The woman claims she never did.

Both Talley and the woman live on South Bend’s northwest side, in an area west of the river, but north of Keller Park, and south of Pinhook Park.

Talley could eventually face drug charges as well. Court documents indicate that marijuana plants were found in the home.

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