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Greenfield man faces voyeurism charge

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James Likens
James Likens

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield man accused of taking photos of a woman while she using the restroom complained to police that he was attacked by the woman’s husband after the incident, according to police reports.

James Likens, 21, told responding officers he was attacked by a man shortly after he entered the women’s restroom at Hancock Regional Hospital by mistake on June 12. Likens is charged with voyeurism, a Class D felony.

A woman who was also in the restroom told police she was in the stall when she noticed a hand holding a phone pointed her direction from the next stall.

She said she told the person to stop, assuming it was a child who was playing in the bathroom.

Then, while the woman was washing her hands, she saw a white man, later identified as Likens, run out of the restroom, court documents state.

The woman’s husband gave chase and confronted Likens, who was later found by police at a nearby trailer court. An officer approached Likens because he matched the description provided by the victim, court documents state.

When interviewed by an officer, Likens admitted to having been in the women’s restroom but said he went in the wrong restroom by mistake. He said he didn’t take any pictures.

Likens told the officer he accidentally dropped his phone and that it slid into the adjacent stall. He said he was just picking up the phone when the woman saw him and became angry, court documents state.

Likens showed the officer his cellphone, which did not contain any pictures from the restroom at the hospital. The officer noted that Likens had “ample time … to delete any photos he wanted from his phone from the time he left the hospital until the time (the officer) located him,” court documents state.

There was a delay in filing the case as officers researched case law to find out exactly what charges might apply.

Likens appeared for an initial hearing on the voyeurism charge Tuesday in Hancock Superior Court 1. He pleaded not guilty and was appointed a public defender, a court clerk said.

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