Potty peeper pleads guilty in video case
A registered sex offender who took hundreds of pictures or videos of women from a portable toilet at the Riverfront Trail last fall faces a maximum possible four and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to three charges in the case.
Joshua Vohs, 37, of Grand Junction, can be sentenced to up to 54 months in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to three counts of invasion of privacy for sexual gratification as a second offense, a class 6 felony. A plea agreement calls for dismissal of 22 other identical charges.
Twenty-five women unknown to authorities, all of them identified as “Jane Doe” in charging documents, were surreptitiously filmed by Vohs using a camera lodged inside a portable toilet on the Colorado Riverfront Trail over a period of just under two months, prosecutors alleged in a criminal complaint. Vohs started filming women Aug. 15, 2013, 11 days after he was released from the Mesa County Jail after serving 14 months of a two-year sentence from a similar case.
Vohs was arrested after he reportedly confessed in an interview with Grand Junction police to placing the camera inside a toilet at the Junior Service League Park, 2383 Redlands Parkway, and downloading images to his home computer, an arrest affidavit said. A man and his 13-year-old daughter tipped off police to the camera on Oct. 11 after the father saw a man later identified as Vohs enter the toilet, remove the camera and get into his car. The father took a cellphone picture of Vohs.
Officers responded to the park and found a plastic cup mounted inside the side of the toilet, the affidavit said. When a search warrant was executed at Vohs’ home, police found 175 pictures and 25 videos of women using that toilet.
In an interview, Vohs admitted placing the camera on several occasions inside the toilet and said he’d often sit in the parking lot for hours.
Vohs was released from the Mesa County Jail on Aug. 4, 2013, relating to a June 2012 guilty plea to misdemeanor unlawful sexual contact. Vohs was arrested July 24, 2011, by Grand Junction police as he tried to leave City Market, 200 Rood Ave., after security reported a man following women around before approaching them from behind and extending a foot under their dresses or skirts.
A digital memory card in Vohs’ camera had 11 videos, showing private parts or undergarments.
Vohs was also arrested in 2006 in Crested Butte for identical behavior. He pleaded guilty to attempted invasion of privacy and was sentenced to one year unsupervised probation after he was caught with a recording device strapped on a foot with duct tape.
Vohs insisted to police he was trying to film from a dog’s perspective while fishing.
Vohs is being held at the Mesa County Jail on a $10,000 cash-only bond. He’s scheduled for sentencing on his most recent case on May 12 by District Judge Valerie Robison.