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Accused Child Voyeur Arraigned

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — An invasion of privacy case turned even more disturbing Tuesday during the suspect’s arraignment in Springfield Municipal Court.

Dana Bishop appeared before a judge for the first time after allegedly videotaping his 10-year-old neighbor for about a year. Bishop was arrested, released and rearrested after neighbors reported him for videotaping their 10-year-old daughter.

One Tuesday, a judge decided to keep him in jail for 10 days with no bail, while he examines a troubling letter presented in court.

The victim’s family lined the first two rows of the courtroom, and Bishop appeared for his arraignment via video.

“It was really hard for my husband and I to be sitting in there and see him for the first time since this happened,” said Chrystal, the alleged victim’s mother.

Bishop didn’t speak more than a sentence, while lawyers presented their cases to Judge James Strickland. A big chunk of the prosecution’s case came in the form of a letter that Bishop allegedly wrote to the victim.

“It is multiple pages, and leads the city to have significant concern for the safety of the 9-year-old daughter in this case, the mother and the father,” said the prosecutor.

“There were a lot of disgusting vile things said, directed toward a 9 or 10-year-old, and they’re not things that anyone would want to hear said to your kid,” Chrystal said.

The letter was not read aloud but looked over by the defense and then passed on to Judge Strickland, who read highlighted parts that he said were enough to bother him.

“I just read the yellow parts and that upsets me. It makes my crystal ball say ‘Do Not release,’” Strickland said.

“I’m glad the judge saw it, and I think it would have had a huge impact on the decision he made today,” Chrystal said.

Strickland’s decision was to keep Bishop in jail with no option for bail for the next 10 days–a small consolation for the victim’s parents who say they’re just hoping for any relief from this nightmare.

“My kids are sleeping in the living room because they’re afraid to go in their room, and it just doesn’t feel like a safe house anymore,” Chrystal said.

Detectives say so far the forensic investigation turned up no physical evidence of Bishop’s spying. The investigation is still on-going, but they say if they don’t have any physical pictures or video, he will likely only serve around a year in jail. The victim’s parents say they’re pushing to get state law amended to change that.

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  1. KC says:

    So scary that a neighbor can be preying on children. How horrible to not feel comfortable in your own house, and to fear for your children’s safety. Does this man need to offend physically before we can put a warning label on him for other parents to see? What happens if/when he moves and sits in another house and preys on the next child?

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