A registered sex offender from Dermott was charged last week, on his thirty-third birthday, with public display of hard-core sexual conduct and voyeurism. The charges are in connection with two separate incidents in Monticello, one at a local nursing home in May and the other at a private residence in September.
James Edward Dotson, Jr., 33, of Dermott, is alleged to have peered into a nursing home window on May 10 while sexually gratifying himself. On September 26, he is alleged to have peered into a minor female’s window while engaging in the same behavior.
He was charged with public display of hard-core sexual conduct in the nursing home case and voyeurism in the other case.
Explaining the different charges filed in the similar cases, 10th Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen said in voyeurism the person has to be looking into a place where the person has the expectation of privacy, such as a residence.
In the nursing home case, it isn’t clear where Dotson is alleged to have been looking (a room, hallway, etc…) but he was allegedly engaging in the behavior in a place in which the public had access, Deen explained.
Both charges are Class D felonies punishable by a maximum six-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine. However, Dotson, if convicted, is subject to enhanced penalties because he allegedly is a habitual offender. He was convicted in 1996 of first-degree sexual abuse.
In addition to the Drew County charges, a petition was filed in Chicot County Circuit Court to revoke Dotson’s suspended sentence for a prior drug conviction because he failed to report a change of address and he was living within 2,000 feet of a public park.