CRIME

Layton Police: ‘Hundreds Of New Victims’ In Voyeurism Case

Jun 18, 2020, 8:03 PM | Updated: 9:11 pm

LAYTON, Utah – Police are poring through a convicted sex offender’s phone, looking at videos they believe he took of unsuspecting women and children.

The suspect, Steven Callen, recently served a sentence for a similar crime.

Police said Callen made several stops at the Overlook Apartments in Layton to peek into windows, focusing mostly on one apartment.

Neighbors like Shaun Wilson were surprised to hear it, but court documents said it was bad enough that one woman had a stalking injunction granted against him a few years ago.

Neighbor Shaun Wilson said he was surprised to hear about the alleged incidents.

“I think that’s pretty disturbing, you know, that there are people like that,” Wilson said. 

But when police said they found him last week, they found much more.

They found a lot of evidence — hundreds of files, according to arresting documents. All videos that police believe were taken at locations all over the country, while Callen worked as a truck driver.

Now they said there are hundreds of new victims from all over the country, making them especially hard to identify.

“Search warrants were obtained, and evidence of voyeurism was captured from his cellphone,” said Sgt. Riley Richins with the Layton Police Department. “A multitude of adults and juveniles in public restrooms across the nation, and appeared to be in truck stops.”

Police said Callen tried to claim the videos on his phone were downloaded and legal, but the first thing they said they saw on many of the recordings was his face. Apparently, he was shooting in selfie mode.

Sgt. Riley Richins with the Layton Police Department.

While Richins said the vast majority of the victims were adults, about five to seven appeared to be juveniles, and it’s likely all of them will be tough to identify.

“Many of them will have no idea that they were victims of this crime,” Richins said. 

Police obtained a warrant and arrested Callen late Tuesday. He’s being held on suspicion of charges in connection with voyeurism and sexual exploitation of a minor.

“It is hard to see when you try to seek justice for individuals like this, that they’re back out on the streets,” Richins said. “Hopefully, with this one, we have enough evidence to hopefully put him away for a little bit longer.”

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Layton Police: ‘Hundreds Of New Victims’ In Voyeurism Case