Man charged with peeping at young men showering at Myrtle Beach area campground

troot@thesunnews.comJuly 30, 2013 

— Horry County police charged a Williamston man in connection with five young men reporting they were watched or propositioned while showering at a local campground, according to a police report.

Blake Randall Darby, 26, was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 10:53 p.m. Thursday on five charges of peeping Tom and one count of criminal solicitation of a minor, according to jail records. Darby was released on $55,000 bail at 1:46 p.m. Saturday.

Horry County police charged Darby after officers were called Thursday night to Ocean Lakes Campground for a person in custody suspected of peeping at young men inside one of the bathhouses, according to the report. The victims were ages 11 to 22.

Three of the victims stopped a security guard after they said they saw Darby looking at them and he propositioned one of the boys, according to the report. Security guards told police they had received multiple complaints about a person peeping at men inside the bathhouse.

While police were at the campground, two other victims came up and told police about Darby trying to record them with his cellphone, according to the report. One of the victims told police he knocked the phone from Darby’s hand when he saw it hanging over the shower stall.

Darby told police he owned a phone as described by the victim, but denied any knowledge of the other incidents and said he was in the bathhouse to use the restroom, according to the report. The phone was seized by police.

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