Tanning salon peeper gets probation, 2 others plead to drug charges

A Peachtree City man pled guilty in court Tuesday to spying on a 16-year-old girl who was undressing inside a tanning salon back in April.

Joseph W. Havey, 59, of Hamden Kells pled guilty to one felony count of peeping tom and was sentenced to five years probation with the first year being on intensive probation. Fayette County Superior Court Judge Robert “Mack” Crawford also fined Havey $1,000 and ordered him to submit to a sexual evaluation and treatment if probation officers determine that is necessary.

Havey also must serve 96 hours of community service to fulfill his sentence.

Havey was arrested April 5 after the girl spotted him peeking at her over an interior wall at Peachtree Tan in the Kedron Village shopping center, police said at the time. The reporting officer noted that the wall was nine feet tall, and anyone looking over it would need to stand in a chair to do so.

According to the police report, Havey admitted to looking over the wall once, saying that he heard a thump and a possible groan come from the room, which led him to believe that the receptionist had gone in the room and fallen.

The victim told police that as she began to undress, she first saw a male’s head drop below the top of the wall, and she first thought he may have been doing maintenance in the other room and accidentally looked at her.

The victim said she continued to undress and was almost completely done when she saw the male looking over the wall, according to the incident report.

The victim told police that she asked the receptionist if the man was an employee working in the room next to her, and she was told he was not.

Havey’s sentence was recommended by the Fayette County District Attorney’s office as part of a negotiated plea. A second count, misdemeanor criminal trespassing, was dropped as part of the plea bargain.

Judge Crawford also accepted negotiated pleas in two drug cases Tuesday morning. Jeremiah Ryan McMichael of Prestigious Place, Senoia, pled guilty to possession of hydrocodone and was sentenced under the first offender act to three years probation, a $1,500 fine and 80 hours of community service, with a requirement to attend substance abuse and evaluations if necessary. McMichael was arrested July 8, 2011 at a business on south Glynn Street in Fayetteville.

Also pleading guilty to possession of hydrocodone and possession of alprazolam was Karen Lynn Ward of Archer Lane, Jonesboro. Ward was sentenced to five years probation, with the first year on intensive probation, a $1,500 fine, 96 hours of community service and as a condition of probation she must not take any alcohol or drugs. She must also submit to a drug and alcohol evaluation and treatment, and she was banished from being in any of the four counties which make up the Griffin Judicial Circuit.

Ward also was arrested July 8 of last year at a business off Ga. Highway 54 east of Fayetteville.

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