Bethesda Man Charged with Spying on Neighbor with Selfie Stick

Police say he kept an audio log of neighbor's activities.


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A Bethesda man has been charged with using a selfie stick to spy on his neighbor, which he allegedly used to record at least 16 videos of the woman, including one that showed her naked.

The Washington Post reports that Donald Frazier Beard, 60, also kept an audio diary of his activities, and those of the 58-year-old neighbor he was allegedly spying on.

Citing court documents, the Post says the woman and a friend were watching a football game in the living room of her Montrose Avenue apartment when she spotted the camera on a stick outside the apartment’s sliding glass doors. When she shouted “What are you doing?,” the camera allegedly was pulled away and an adjacent apartment door shut.

Beard reportedly told Montgomery County police he wanted to gather footage “for investigative purposes” of the woman spending time with married men so he could present the evidence to their wives. He said he found the woman “attractive.”

Police said Beard had numerous videos and photographs of the woman and her car taken from September 2013 to November 2014, and an audio diary of each of their activities.

His attorney, Stanley J. Reed, told the Post he will plead not guilty.

The Post also reported that the woman requested a restraining order against the man, but a judge denied it, saying she could not provide the burden of proof needed for the order.

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