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Man charged with peeping into ECU locker rooms

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ECU Police charged an Ayden man with three counts of felony secret peeping in ECU locker rooms.

The charges follow an lengthy investigation of the past several months.

34-year-old LaDarryl Strong is accused of using video equipment to secretly film inside football and other men's locker rooms at the university athletic complex. Officials said it happened between January and June 2006.

Police began their investigation in November 2012 after Zebulon Police told them they found video that may have been connected to ECU. That video was seized as evidence in an April 2012 case at Five County Stadium, home of the Mudcats baseball team.

Strong was previously charged with secretly videotaping players as they changed and showered inside the Carolina Mudcats' visitors clubhouse. He was sentenced to probation after accepting a plea agreement in March.

Strong was charged after Mudcats employees caught a man dressed as a maintenance worker and videotaping Wilmington Blue Rocks players following a Carolina League game at Five County Stadium on April 2012.

Lt. Chris Sutton said officers combed through more than 400 video files, some about 8 years old, to determine if there was a connection to ECU.

"We take every report of a crime that may have occurred on university property seriously," Sutton said. "Our investigators worked on this case to bring it to a final resolution with diligence and dedication. When the original story ran, we had a witness come forward who recognized Mr. Strong. It is always important that when you see something, you say something." 

University registrar and Human Resources representatives said Strong didn't attend ECU and isn't a current or past employee of the university.

On Wednesday, he made first appearance. He told the judge, he is hiring a lawyer and prepared to stand trial. His next court date is October 10th.

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