Leesburg man peeped in woman's bathroom on college campus, police say

Police say Jermaine Johnson convicted of peeping in the past

By Amanda Castro - Reporter/Anchor

LEESBURG, Fla. - Leesburg police arrested a man accused of following a woman into a restroom at Lake-Sumter State College and peeping under the stall.

News 6 found out the suspect has been arrested on similar charges in the past.

Police charged Jermaine Johnson, 24, of Leesburg, with voyeurism. Investigators said he turned himself into the Lake County jail Tuesday.

Police said the incident happened Oct. 4 in the Convocation Center on campus, which includes the college's gym and meeting rooms. 

According to the arrest report, the victim noticed Johnson sitting at tables in a common area. She told police she saw him "attempting to duck down between tables."

The victim entered the restroom and heard someone follow in after her.

After a few seconds, police said the victim looked under her stall and saw Johnson peering under the stall at her. 

Police said Johnson left, but then he came back to the Leesburg campus the next day.

Campus security called police, who detained Johnson under the Baker Act. 

According to the report, Johnson admitted to walking into the women's restroom and looking underneath the stall at the victim. 

Johnson was arrested and has since posted his $1,000 bond. 

News 6 found out this isn't the first time Johnson is accused of being a "peeping Tom." According to police, he was charged and convicted of similar crimes three times in the state of Georgia. 

An LSSC spokesperson told News 6 that Johnson is not a student or affiliated with the college. College officials add they have no information that leads them to believe there are other victims.

LSSC released a statement about the incident.

 "The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff is a top priority. As soon as we learned of the incident, our Campus Security immediately responded and contacted the Leesburg Police Department. As a result of this incident, Mr. Johnson has been banned from all LSSC campuses. We encourage anyone who sees a suspicious person or activity on any of our campuses to immediately report it to Campus Security," school officials said.

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