Accused peeping tom pleads not guilty

A registered sex offender accused of sneaking into a crawlspace above his neighbor’s apartment, drilling holes and watching her pleaded not guilty Monday to a voyeurism charge.

Kevin R. Voss, 25, was arrested Feb. 6 because of an alleged incident at about 3 a.m. Jan. 31. The upstairs neighbor from his Hoquiam apartment reported she heard noises coming from above her bedroom ceiling, including a cell phone beeping and then powering down, according to court documents.

She told police she banged on the ceiling with a broom, then saw the ceiling sag as if someone was walking above it. She said she then heard someone jump down from the crawlspace entrance, located outside her front door, then felt and heard the door to Voss’ apartment close.

She later noted she had heard grinding noises and noticed holes in her ceiling over several weeks prior.

Hoquiam police interviewed Voss’ 26-year-old roommate, who allegedly told them he had gone with Voss into the crawlspace, punched holes in the ceiling and watched their neighbor several days before the Jan. 31 incident. The roommate has not yet been charged.

When he was in his mid-teens, Voss was convicted of first-degree child molestation stemming from a 2003 case in Mason County, and has been convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in Grays Harbor County. He is held in Grays Harbor County Jail on $15,000 bail.