Police arrest Porirua peeping suspect

18:18, May 04 2014
Porirua peeping Tom
HAVE YOU SEEN HIM: Police are on the lookout for this man.

A 39-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly spying on a woman while she went to the toilet in a public bathroom.

The suspected peeping tom was spotted looking through the ceiling of Pataka museum's women's and disabled loos on the afternoon of April 2.

Police spokesman Nick Bohm said a Cannons Creek man would appear in Porirua District Court charged with performing an indecent act and burglary.

Police released a photo of the man on Wednesday, who was thought to have given a fake name to officers when he was confronted on the day of the incident.

A woman had complained to Porirua police after she saw a man spying on her from a gap in the ceiling at the museum about 3.30pm on April 2, Constable Aaron Graham said.

When police arrived a man emerged from the women's bathroom and was confronted. The man denied the offence and was believed to have given a false name, Graham said.

Police later found the ceiling tiles had been moved to create a gap for viewing and CCTV footage from outside the toilets showed the man they had spoken to, Graham said.

''He was reasonably cool, calm and collected which led us to believe he might have done this before.''

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