Aurora man indicted on Peeping Tom charges
Beacon-News staff November 19, 2012 4:36PM
Updated: November 19, 2012 5:33PM
An alleged Peeping Tom charged with peering into girls windows, burglarizing several homes and possessing child pornography in Aurora was indicted earlier this month for producing sexualized images of children.
Erik Paxton, 24, formerly of the 100 block of South Rosedale Avenue, was indicted on 12 aggravated child pornography charges, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office said Monday.
Authorities accuse Paxton, a former YMCA employee, of digitally altering images of children. While Paxton was originally charged last May, the latest indictment are the result of further police investigation, according to the state’s attorney’s office.
The latest indictment does not include new charges, but does include new counts that cover different theories of the same allegations.
Paxton, who allegedly did his peeping in Aurora, is scheduled to appear in court next month. He has remained in jail since his arrest last May.
According to Aurora police, Paxton downloaded pictures of young girls from the Internet and then used software to digitally alter the photos so that he would appear alongside the children. In the images, though, the girls were not engaged in overt sexual activity, police said.
Paxton was arrested after a string of Peeping Tom incidents within blocks of his home. A father reported seeing a man running from his backyard and found a step stool outside of his juvenile daughter’s window. In April, the same father reported seeing a man peering into the room of his other juvenile daughter.
Not only did Paxton peer into the windows of young girls, authorities he also broke into their homes to steal items of their clothing. In one instance, prosecutors allege he masturbated while looking through a window.
An Aurora police officer came across Paxton in the area of Kensington Place and Rosedale Avenue after second citizen complaint. Paxton fit the general description of the suspect and after several rounds of questioning of the course of two days police say they concluded he was, in fact, the Peeping Tom.