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Published on April 10th, 2013 | by Daniel Perlman


Suspect in privacy case seeks release

A Springfield man wants a judge to reconsider an earlier decision and set him free from jail while he faces charges that he used hidden cameras at his home to spy on a neighboring family’s child.

A Springfield Municipal Court spokeswoman said a hearing to weigh Dana Wayne Bishop’s request to be released from custody before trial is scheduled for Tuesday.

Bishop’s attorney, Hugh Duvall of Eugene, could not be reached Friday for comment on the high-profile case. Duvall last week filed court documents in support of his client’s release.

Bishop, 63, has been held without bail in Springfield’s city jail since March 19, when Municipal Judge James Strickland issued a ruling on the matter. The move was somewhat unexpected, considering that Bishop does not face any felony charges.

City prosecutors have charged Bishop with 45 misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy. Police said the retired Air Force veteran is suspected of concealing a pair of cameras in an exterior wall of his home and using them to routinely view a 10-year-old girl whose bedroom window faces his neighboring residence in Springfield’s Thurston area.

The victim’s mother, Chrystal Stutesman, said Friday that she does not want Bishop freed under any circumstance. A judge could make Bishop eligible for release but bar him from returning to his home or neighborhood before trial, but Stutesman said even that scenario would make her uncomfortable.

Springfield police initially arrested Bishop on March 14 and said they seized his camera system and several letters that mentioned the neighboring family’s child.

Bishop was released a day later after a family member posted $10,000 bail on his behalf.

Police re-arrested him on March 18 on additional charges.

Strickland subsequently denied bail to Bishop, ruling that would be the best way to ensure the safety of the alleged victim and her family – and Bishop himself.

In a petition seeking an anti-stalking order against Bishop, Stutesman told Lane County Circuit Court that Bishop had written in one of the letters seized by police that Bishop wanted “to get rid of my husband, marry (me) and live with us.”

A hearing in the stalking case is scheduled for today, but it could be postponed, Stutesman said.

Police, meanwhile, are continuing to investigate the criminal case.

Detectives seized more than 100 items from Bishop’s home while serving a search warrant there on March 28.

They are still reviewing the property to determine if there is evidence of additional crimes, police Sgt. John Umenhofer said Friday.

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Source: “Suspect in privacy case seeks release,” April 10, 2013.

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