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Resolution planned on charges related to voyeurism

By Lethbridge Herald on October 19, 2023.

Delon Shurtz
Lethbridge Herald

A 37-year-old man who was charged in August with several offences, including voyeurism, may deal with his charges without a trial.

The matters for Neil David Fox were in Lethbridge court of justice Tuesday, where his lawyer indicated a trial may not be necessary.

“I plan to resolve these matters,” Lethbridge lawyer Scott Hadford told the judge.

At about 8 p.m. Aug. 27, a 32-year-old woman was jogging along Mayor Magrath Drive South. When she turned east on 6 Avenue she noticed a white truck following her. The vehicle pulled up ahead of her and stopped four times as the woman jogged along the road, but drove away after the woman turned a corner and encountered a group of people.

A photo of the vehicle was provided to police and a suspect was arrested without incident at about 10:40 p.m. at his northside home. Neil David Fox was charged with voyeurism, criminal harassment and mischief, and released from custody.

Following a news release in relation to the Aug. 27 incident, police received multiple complaints reporting additional incidents involving the same man.

Further investigation determined that on Aug. 16 a man in a white truck approached a 15-year-old girl who was riding her bike in the 1700 block of 23 Street North and propositioned her for sex. The girl refused and rode away but the man continued to follow her. The frightened girl was able to hide until the man drove away.

On Aug. 28 a 54-year-old woman reported that she had been sitting on the porch of her home when she was approached by a man. Following a brief conversation, he exposed himself to her.

Fox was subsequently arrested and further charged with invitation to sexual touching, criminal harassment and committing an indecent act.

The accused’s next court hearing is set for Oct. 27. In the meantime he remains in custody at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre.

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