CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the arrest of a man accused of looking in a Goshen girl’s window and pleasuring himself.
Authorities say it happened Oct. 21 around 10:45 p.m. Deputies were dispatched to the 6200 block of Manila Road in Wayne Township for a report of a prowler.
Earnest James Smith, 44, is accused of using a stool to look inside a window belonging to the homeowner’s daughter.
“On this live (security) feed (the homeowner) was able to see an unknown African American male was looking into his daughter’s bedroom,” said Detective Chris Allen. “His daughter is a juvenile. He continued to watch the surveillance feed.”
Authorities say the homeowner chased Smith, who got into a dark-colored sedan parked across the street and fled the area.
“Thankfully, in Clermont County we have a lot of people who are very cooperative with law enforcement. So, here they were able to kind of steer us in the right direction and we’ve got a really solid Sheriff’s Department that was able to apprehend and get this guy," said the county’s assistant prosecutor Scott O’Reilly.
Smith has been charged with one count of voyeurism and one count of possession of criminal tools. He remains in the Clermont County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond. He will appear in Clermont County Municipal Court Oct. 25 for his arraignment.
“Both of those felonies are fifth-degree -- the voyeurism does carry with it a sex offender registration classification as well,” said O’Reilly.
O’Reilly said the investigation is not done, adding there may be additional charges filed in the future.
FOX19 will continue to update this story as more details become available.