Charges have been dropped against a Rock Hill man accused of being a “peeping Tom,” said Leslie Robinson, assistant solicitor for the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit in York.
Sean Patrick Kilkenny, 47, of Rock Hill man was accused Friday of being a “peeping Tom” after taking photos of women in bikinis at a neighborhood pool, according to a Rock Hill police report.
At 2:45 p.m. Friday, Rock Hill police responded to the Lexington Commons pool off Walnut Hill Drive in reference to a possible peeping Tom, the report states.
Officers saw a man taking photos with his phone of women in their bathing suits, the report says. After looking at the photos, officers arrested Kilkenny, the report says.
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Robinson said the York County Solicitor’s Office decided to drop the charges against Kilkenny.
Robinson wrote in a statement: “While the alleged conduct is perhaps concerning and distasteful, it does not rise to the level of criminal conduct.”
“The photographs and filming in this case took place at a common pool for an apartment complex where Mr. Kilkenny resides,” Robinson wrote. “Mr. Kilkenny was lawfully at the pool and the content in the photographs and videos was open to public view, meaning that there would be no reasonable expectation of privacy under the circumstances.”
She also wrote: “Having become aware of the charge and the allegations thereof, justice required that the Solicitor’s Office take prompt action.”