Attorney for Collins business discusses alleged peeping tom

By Jeff Daley – email

COLLINS, MS (WDAM) - An employee of a Collins discount store was arrested Tuesday for hiding a video camera in a dressing room and the store owners are speaking out through their attorney.

Cody Lee Flowers, 25 of Seminary,  made his first appearance in city court Wednesday morning where his bond was set at $50,000.

Store owners Tammy and Bob White say they had no idea the camera was in the dressing room.

Hattiesburg attorney Jimmy Dukes represents the Whites as well as a third owner Shirley Paige. Dukes says he spoke with the Collins police Wednesday afternoon. He contends that despite the camera being there, there is no evidence that it was ever operational.

"It's my understanding from Chief McKee and his investigator, who've done a very good job, that he never got any pictures or ever saw anything," said Dukes.

According to Dukes Shirley's has been in business in one fashion or another for more than thirty years. He says Paige and the Whites are appalled this incident took place in their store.

"You can rest assured from now on those dressing rooms that they never had any reason to even think were a problem," said Dukes. "There are new policies that they be inspected weekly just to make sure there is not a possibility of another incident. This could happen in any store."

As for any possible future law suits against the owners, Dukes says until some proof is found someone was photographed or their privacy was breached there is no reason for any litigation.

Flowers is charged with photographing or filming someone without permission when there is an expectation of privacy.

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