Houston & Peach

Man charged with peering into Bonaire homes, videotaping girls undressing

PERRY -- A 31-year-old man is charged with peering through windows of Bonaire homes and using his iPhone to record videos of girls undressing.

Robert Norman Barlow of Bonaire also is charged with having multiple computer file photos that he allegedly pulled off the Internet of unknown girls in sexually explicit conduct.

Barlow was indicted Tuesday by a Houston County grand jury on 18 counts of peeping Tom and 18 counts of invasion of privacy in relation to the girls filmed on his iPhone.

He was also indicted on 14 counts of sexual exploitation of children in relation to the computer file photos.

In a separate indictment, Barlow was also indicted on a charge of cruelty to children for allegedly striking the son of his then-girlfriend in the face with an electrical cord in September 2014.

During the investigation of that case, authorities got a tip that led them to take a closer look at Barlow’s iPhone. He was previously indicted on six counts of peeping Tom and re-indicted Tuesday based on what was also found on his iPhone.

Houston County sheriff’s Lt. Darin Meadows, who conducted the separate investigation, said the videos found on the iPhone were obviously taken through windows.

In all, Meadows was able to determine that there were 13 victims, of which seven of the girls were able to be identified through the course of the investigation.

The girls were between the ages of 12 and 15 when the video images were captured in 2012 and 2013.

The girls were videotaped without their knowledge while they were undressing, using the rest­room, bathing and showering, Meadows said.

“It’s a pretty bad thing to victimize children in the safety of their own homes,” Meadows said.

Barlow had two addresses listed on the indictment -- one in Bonaire and the other in Douglasville.

He is being held without bond in the Houston County jail. His arrest and booking report stated that he was an “unemployed overnight unloader.”

His Warner Robins attorney, Carl Veline, could not be reached for comment.

Anyone who may be concerned that their child may have been victimized due to the unidentified videotaped victims may contact Meadows at 478-542-2090.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559, or follow on Twitter@BecPurser.