Man accused of illegally entering a private club to watch girls swim

WHEATON, IL -- An Illinois man is accused of illegally entering a private club to watch girls swim, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

36-year-old Damien Dickens is being held in the DuPage County Jail on a $300,000 bond.

According to the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office, he is charged with one felony count of criminal trespass to a place of public amusement, and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

On Tuesday, Dickens went to the members-only Oak Recreation Club in Aurora, Illinois.

A statement from prosecutors said that he “was asked to leave the club when minor female members became uncomfortable with his presence.”

Later on in the day, Dickens went into the club again. This time he entered through the men’s locker room and into a vestibule area “where he was able to watch children participating in a swim meet,” according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors said he watched the children swim for around 45 minutes, and then “left the premises when questioned about his presence there.”

Officials at the club called police. They then arrested Dickens on Wednesday.

“The allegations against Mr. Dickens are very disturbing,” state’s attorney Robert Berlin said in the statement. “If these allegations are proven true, regardless of his intentions, Mr. Dickens had no right to be present at a members-only club. I would like to thank authorities at the Oaks Recreation Club for reporting this matter to the police and for their assistance throughout the investigation.”

Dickens is due to appear in court on July 27 and could face up to six years in prison if convicted.

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