Peeping Tom in Bismarck

56-year-old, Barry Zacher was arrested Friday, May 27th, after he was reported to have been seen looking at young children through an outhouse window, according to The Bismarck Tribune.

Reports indicated that the children were nine and four years old.

The incident occurred at General Sibley Campground, a campground located south of Bismarck.

Burleigh County Detention Center
Burleigh County Detention Center


A victim of a "Peeping Tom" is defined as someone who has been observed, when they have a reasonable expectation of privacy, according to

Zacher was charged with "Felonious Surreptitious Intrusion," a level C felony --essentially, "Peeping."  Zacher is currently being held at Burleigh County Detention Center. According to, his first court appearance was yesterday, (Tuesday, May 31st) via zoom. His bond is set at $5000.00.

According to The Tribune, Zacher denies peeping at the children, and insists he was standing atop the septic tank before any children were in the outhouse.

Zacher faces up to 5 years in prison, if convicted.

What To Do If You Encounter A Peeping Tom:

Remember: Do not approach or confront the peeping Tom, and contact the police immediately.

To avoid becoming a "peeping Tom" victim, advises people to close their curtains at night, to install flood lights around your home, and avoid nightly rituals/patterns.

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With the summer season ahead of us, it's especially important that we look out for these types of things. Be cognizant of your surroundings, and if you see something, say something. It's never a bad idea to have non-emergency police department phone numbers saved in your phone; you don't want to waste time googling it, if you need to report something right away.

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