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Photographer Charged with Interference with Privacy

Posted at: 10/11/2012 1:55 PM
Updated at: 10/11/2012 7:24 PM
By: Renee Passal

The owner of the Thomas Leonard Studio has been charged with two felony counts of interference with privacy against a minor.

Eveleth Police received a complaint back in August, that Donald Louis Peterson had been looking through a hole in the wall into the dressing room where a teenage girl had been changing.

During the investigation, it was alleged Peterson had been looking into the dressing room from an adjoining room.

Two teenage girls had reportedly been inside the dressing room at the time Peterson was looking through a space in the wall.

It was one of the girl's boyfriends who allegedly caught this happening.

At the conclusion of the investigation, the complaint was forwarded to the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office for review.

Peterson has since been formally charged with 2 felony counts of Interference with Privacy Against a Minor Under 18 Years of Age. The criminal complaint said he's from Gilbert.

Peterson's attorney, Bruce Williams, said that his client would like to address the case, but Williams has advised him not to. Williams said that Peterson has fully cooperated with the Eveleth Police, gave a voluntary statement, and let them search his studio twice without a warrant.

The photography studio is still open for business. The website said that Peterson took it over in 1996.

A check of court records shows that he had a conviction for interference with privacy in 1996 as well.

Peterson's first court appearance is scheduled in November.