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Ayden man charged in ECU locker room peeping

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

ECU Police charged an Ayden man with three counts of felony secret peeping in ECU locker rooms.

The charges follow an lengthy investigation of the past several months.

34-year-old LaDarryl Strong is accused of using video equipment to secretly film inside football and other men's locker rooms at the university athletic complex. Officials said it happened between January and June 2006.

Police began their investigation in November 2012 after Zebulon Police told them they found video that may have been connected to ECU. That video was seized as evidence in an April 2012 case at Five County Stadium, home of the Mudcats baseball team.

Lt. Chris Sutton said officers combed through more than 400 video files, some about 8 years old, to determine if there was a connection to ECU.

"We take every report of a crime that may have occurred on university property seriously," Sutton said. "Our investigators worked on this case to bring it to a final resolution with diligence and dedication. When the original story ran, we had a witness come forward who recognized Mr. Strong. It is always important that when you see something, you say something." 

Strong was sentenced to three years probation in the April 2012 case after pleading guilty this past March to misdemeanor secret peeping.

University registrar and Human Resources representatives said Strong didn't attend ECU and isn't a current or past employee of the university.

On Wednesday, he made first appearance. He told the judge, he is hiring a lawyer and prepared to stand trial. His next court date is October 10th.

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University officials at East Carolina University say ECU Police are looking into a possible peeping Tom case.

In November, the Zebulon Police Department alerted ECU after a convicted peeping Tom had video of a purple and gold locker room.

"Because ECU's colors are purple and gold, then you could surmise that it belongs to ECU. I can't confirm or deny whether or not it's an ECU locker room or not," says Sutton.

Sutton says the video is eight years old, which makes it difficult to determine the location and people captured, since the university has undergone renovations since then.

It's linked back to a previous case involving 32-year-old LaDarryl Strong. In 2012, he was charged with felony secret peeping, first-degree trespass, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police say a stadium employee caught the man at the Mudcats stadium in Zebulon, taping players as they undressed and showered in the visitors' locker room after a night game. He reportedly snuck into the locker room by posing as a member of a janitorial crew.

Strong was arrested as he tried to flee the scene. Police officers recovered eight videos and a small camera.

Zebulon Police say some of the video evidence they recovered, showed what seemed to be a school locker room that had purple and yellow colors. Investigators sent the evidence to ECU, who's school colors are purple and gold. Police have not confirmed if the locker room in the video files is a locker room at ECU.

Police say Strong pled guilty to misdemeanor peeping in 2012. He is not facing any new charges at this time.

ECU Police say they will continue to investigate the case until they can determine if the university was compromised. ECU says once the investigation is over it will see if any changes to security are necessary.

"Once this investigation is completed, we'll review our operations plan for these, and also currently what's in place when they're not in use, to see if there is something that needs to be done to make the plans better or to prepare us for a circumstance where this could happen in the future," says Sutton.

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ZEBULON, N.C. - An Ayden man accused of videotaping players in a locker room after a Carolina Mudcats game is due in court today.

Police say 32-year-old LaDaryll Strong posed as a member of the janitorial crew to get into the Mudcats stadium locker room in Zebulon.

Investigators found 20 computers and several cameras in his home. It's still not known what, if anything was found on them.

Strong has been suspended from his job at Sampson Alternative School in Lenoir County where he worked as a technology assistant.

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ZEBULON, N.C. - An Ayden man is accused of videotaping players in a locker room after a Carolina Mudcats game last week.

32-year-old LaDarryl Strong was charged Wednesday with felony secret peeping, first-degree trespass, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has been released on bond.

Police say a stadium employee caught the man taping players as they undressed and showered in the visitors' locker room after Tuesday night's game. He reportedly snuck into the locker room by posing as a member of a janitorial crew.

Strong was arrested as he tried to flee the scene. Police officers recovered eight videos and a small camera.

On Thursday, investigators served a search warrant on the suspects residence in Ayden, where they seized 20 computers and a variety of other digital media devices. Pitt County Sheriff's Office and Ayden P.D. assisted in the search.

School officials confirm Strong is an employee of the Lenoir County School System. He works as a technology Assistant at Sampson Alternative School. A spokesperson for the school system says he's been placed on suspension pending review.

His next court appearance is scheduled for May 2.

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