Man who works with children charged in ‘Peeping Tom’ incidents
BY JAMES SCALZITTI Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org May 23, 2012 2:51PM
Erik Paxton / photo from Aurora police
Updated: May 23, 2012 4:10PM
A 24-year-old Aurora man who works with children at a YMCA and two schools is being held on a $260,000 bond for a series of “Peeping Tom” incidents in which he peered into the windows of young girls, then broke into homes to steal their clothing.
Erik S. Paxton, 24, is charged with two counts of residential burglary, one count of criminal trespass to a residence, and counts of disorderly conduct. He is charged in a total of six incidents, all within a short distance of his home, Aurora police said.
He was arrested after an incident in the 200 block of South Westlawn Avenue around 11 p.m. Saturday when a homeowner saw a man running from his backyard and found a stepstool outside his young daughter’s windows, police said.
The incident was the second in a month at the house. About 11 p.m. April 26, a man was seen peering into a different room, occupied by the resident’s other young daughter.
About 11:30 p.m. Saturday, an Aurora officer questioned Paxton because he fit the description of the “Peeping Tom.” He was released, but on Sunday, police went to his home, questioned him further and arrested him, police said.
He was charged with incidents on Westlawn and a similar incident on March 20 when the neighbor of a 32-year-old woman reported a man peering into a rear window of her home in the 100 block of South Central Avenue about 10:40 p.m., police said.
And after the execution of a search warrant at Paxton’s home Tuesday, he was charged with several other crimes.
Police allege Paxton entered the attached garage at the Westlawn Avenue home on May 6, and the home on Central on March 22, taking several items of girl’s clothing, which were found at his home, police said.
And on May 3, Paxton entered a home in the 300 block of South Central, knowing it was occupied by three adults, ages 54, 62, and 80. He watched the residents as they slept, but was scared off by a barking dog, police said.
Paxton works for the Heritage YMCA in Naperville and supervises elementary children in programs before and after school, the release said. He is also assigned to Freeman Elementary School in Aurora and Longwood Elementary outside Naperville, and volunteers at the Hesed House homeless shelter in Aurora.
Judge James Hallock set his bail in court in St. Charles on Wednesday. He remained in the Kane County jail.