Bemidji doctor accused of bathroom peeping in Louisiana
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A Bemidji area doctor specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry faces a charge of being a Peeping Tom in Louisiana after allegedly spying on another person in a college men's room.
Dr. James Richard Jarmuskewicz, 57, of Wilton, was booked Monday into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count of Peeping Tom. In Minnesota, the equivalent charge would be interference with privacy. In Louisiana, the charge is actually called Peeping Tom and carries a maximum penalty of not more than a $500 fine and imprisonment for not more than six months.
Jarmuskewicz was arrested Monday afternoon by Louisiana State University police after a complainant informed campus police officers that Jarmuskewicz had spied on him under a bathroom stall.
Jarmuskewicz allegedly followed a man into a third-floor restroom and lay down on the floor to look under the stall as the complainant was using the restroom in the Middleton Library on Sunday, according to an affidavit of probable cause from the 19th Judicial District Court in the Parish of East Baton Rouge.
The man gave the LSU police officer a physical and clothing description of the man who spied on him. Officers were unable to locate the suspect Sunday, but the same officer returned Monday and located Jarmuskewicz on surveillance cameras, the affidavit said. The officer tracked Jarmuskewicz moving from floor to floor and entering men's restrooms multiple times, according to the affidavit.
Jarmuskewicz was taken into custody Monday on the second floor of the Middleton Library. During a search, a mirror was located in his front pants pocket. Jarmuskewicz did not provide officers with an explanation for the mirror and denied looking under bathroom stalls, according to the affidavit.
According to court documents, Jarmuskewicz said he was in New Orleans to attend a professional conference and was in Baton Rouge to read at the LSU library.
Parish prison personnel said Jarmuskewicz was released Wednesday on a $5,000 bond.
Jarmuskewicz is a board-certified doctor in the state of Minnesota holding a physician and surgeon license since 1992, according to the Minnesota Health Licensing Board. His license is valid through April 30, 2015. Jarmuskewicz holds sub-certification in psychiatry and neurology/child and adolescent psychiatry.
Jarmuskewicz graduated with a medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in 1984. He has practiced in Bemidji and Crookston since that time. Self-reported information to the Minnesota Health Licensing Board includes specialties in pediatrics at the Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron, Ohio, general psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago and child/adolescent psychiatry at the University of Minnesota.
Jarmuskewicz did not return messages left at his Bemidji office Thursday.