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Tenant concerned after man caught looking toward windows with binoculars

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UPDATE: 

The Satellite Hotel general manager contacted News 5 Friday via telephone to address concerns a tenant raised about her privacy being invaded. 

Wayne Peacock, the hotel's general manager says he was using binoculars to look for balcony hazards and to make sure objects and furniture are not in a position to fly off and injure someone in the parking lot. 

Peacock says there are now discussions on how staff should handle balcony inspections in the future. He says one possibility is to send out reverse notification phone calls. 

Peacock has apologized for making Williams feel uncomfortable and says he had no idea who filed a complaint about the use of binoculars until a News 5 camera crew showed up to interview Williams at the complex Monday afternoon. 

ORIGINAL STORY:

A tenant at the Satellite Hotel in Colorado Springs recently witnessed a man looking toward balcony windows with binoculars. 

"I get up Saturday morning and I came over and open the curtains and I look over here and I see someone with binoculars at a car," Barbara Williams said. 

Williams immediately when back inside her room and grabbed her phone to take pictures of the man who tenants identify as Wayne Peacock, a general manager at the hotel. 

"This whole thing isn't because the general manager had binoculars," Williams said. "It's because someone had binoculars when I opened the curtains." 

Williams said she complained to the front office. 

"Their reaction was 'Oh my god that looks so creepy' and I told them I just don't feel comfortable," she said. 

It's quite possible Peacock was looking for balcony violations, but the complex wouldn't answer any of our requests for information. 

"I feel like if you need binoculars to find a balcony violation, then be courteous and send out a reverse call," Williams said. ""I expect privacy." 

Williams is concerned what Peacock could have seen had she not been fully clothed. 

"With your naked eye you can't see inside but with binoculars you can see every detail."

Frequently asked questions: 

Q: Can using binoculars to look toward someone's window a criminal violation? 

A: "This isn't a quick (easy) question," Lt. Howard Black, a spokesperson for the Colorado Springs Police Department said via email. "There are so many variables---context, intent of the actor, distance, location." 

Q: I have an expectation of privacy. Can someone legally look toward windows with a camera or binoculars? 

A: There are reasonable expectations of privacy. Again, police would have to evaluate whether the actor(s) intent was malicious. 

Q: If I notice someone using binoculars, a video camera or recording device in my apartment complex or outside an office, who should I contact? 

A: You should report the situation to complex management or security. If you have reason to believe a crime is being committed, you should also notify police. 

Transparency report: 

News 5 started inquiring about this case on Nov. 8, 2017

After we did not receive a response from management at the Satellite Hotel, we sent a follow-up inquiry on Nov. 14 and again on Nov. 21. 

We also sent Mr. Peacock a message on Facebook and dropped by the complex Tuesday. We were told Peacock was not at work that afternoon and we did not see him in the front lobby when we walked in. 

News 5 never received a phone call or email back to address this matter. 

If the Satellite Hotel wishes to address this issue at a later date, this story will be updated accordingly. 

Williams believes there should be some policy addressing the use of binoculars. It's unclear whether any disciplinary action will be taken against Mr. Peacock by the hotel. 

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