ATCHISON, Kan. — Police say one man has been looking into other people’s windows for a long time. Police Chief Mike Wilson said William Scott Kowalewski has been to jail twice — and the way current Kansas laws are written, police can’t charge him with much more.
A woman who said she caught Kowalewski looking into her window spoke with FOX 4′s Sean McDowell Wednesday night. She did not want to have her identity revealed.
“I was sexually abused as a child. This man opened up every wound and my child has seen that,” she said.
The woman said she called police last Thursday when, at four in the morning, she saw a man looking into her window as she and her daughter slept.
“I don’t know what he has done. I don’t know what he has seen,” she said.
As a result, she said she can’t bear to open her windows or shades. She can’t even bring herself to cast a silhouette for fear she’ll be seen.
“Every noise you hear, you wonder if it’s that person trying to look into your window,” she said.
Police 27-year-old Kowalewski finished a year-long stint in jail on August 23 for similar offenses. On Sept. 25 he was arrested again after the woman in this story caught him looking into her window.
“We’ve had six arrests in a five-year period,” Atchison Police Chief Mike Wilson said.
Wilson said even with the crimes Kowalewski has been convicted of, he’s not considered a sex offender. Kansas statutes classify him as an eavesdropper — or a violator of privacy.
“Identifying him as a criminal who peeks through windows, that in itself matches up to the crime of breach of privacy,” Wilson said. “Any other intent that he has, there would have to be other evidence — whether it’s burglary or a sex crime.”
“I feel this man should be incarcerated,” the victim said. “This shouldn’t be a misdemeanor.”
Wilson said for laws to be made tougher on peeping toms, victims have to voice their concerns to lawmakers. As it stands, repeat offenders, such as Kowalewski, are being punished to the max.
Kowalewski is scheduled for a court appearance Friday morning in Atchison where a judge is expected to sentence him. Kowalewski could face a maximum of one year in the county jail.