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State Lawmaker Authors ‘Peeping Tom’ Bill in Response to El Dorado Hills Case

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EL DORADO HILLS -- It's a horrible violation of privacy -- a stranger capturing images of women and teens at home, at the store, in private moments.

"It's something that will haunt you for the rest of your life," said Dina Reed.

It's something parents Dina and Philip Reed hope never happens to their 15-year-old daughter.

"It just makes other children scared and not wanting to be out in the world," said Martina Reed.

But an alleged serial peeping Tom is out free in El Dorado Hills.

"It's crazy, he shouldn't be out. He's being given the opportunity to do it again," said Philip Reed.

Investigators say last July they caught local real estate broker Andrew Lee preying on 46 women and girls in the community.

Assemblywoman Beth Gaines says one of his youngest alleged victims was just 13 years old.

"She's trying on a pair of shoes and she sees a bright flash go on between her legs and she turned around and the guy was within inches. She was terrified," Gaines said.

Last July, Lee was charged with a misdemeanor and released on bail.

"There are 420 videos and thousands of images that they caught on this guy, and he's walking free," said Gaines.

Currently, if a peeping Tom is caught multiple times, district attorneys can only charge them with a misdemeanor.

Gaines' bill would change that.

"This bill would give the district attorney the flexibility to slap him with a felony which he well deserves," said Gaines.

Gaines says investigators are not finished with Lee's case.

AB 1772 has passed the public safety committee. It's still going through the legislature.