Parents restrain sex offender accused of peeping at teen in bathroom

A group of parents held a registered sex offender accused of peeping under a bathroom stall at a South Carolina restaurant until cops arrived to arrest him, police said.

Douglas Lee Lane, 53, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was prevented from leaving a Cracker Barrel in Duncan, South Carolina, by parents at the restaurant after a teenage girl said she saw him peering at her from a neighboring stall in the women’s bathroom on Sunday, The State reports.

The 15-year-old girl said she noticed something moving near her feet inside the bathroom when she spotted a man’s head coming from the stall beside her, Duncan Police Chief Carl Long told WSPA.

The girl told her father what happened after leaving the bathroom, prompting him to ask a female employee to get Lane out of the restroom. The girl’s father then confronted him inside the restaurant, Long said.

A witness then saw Lane try to leave the restaurant by “sprinting out the front door” with a bloodied nose, but he was stopped in the parking lot by other parents who restrained him until cops arrived, Long said. It is unclear what happened to his nose.

The group of parents were in town for a softball tournament, Long told WYFF.

A viewer sent the station a photo of a bloodied Lane sitting on grass outside the Cracker Barrel.

“Get him, he’s getting away,” a witness told the station he overheard someone say inside the restaurant before Lane ran outside.

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Douglas Lee LaneSpartanburg County Sheriff’s of

Lane, who was charged with voyeurism, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, has four similar peeping convictions in North Carolina and South Carolina dating back to 1996. He has been ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, records show.

He had also been charged with peeping at least eight times prior to Sunday’s incident, WSPA reports.

A court official said during Lane’s bond hearing Monday that he told authorities he didn’t realize he was in a women’s bathroom until he sat down, WYFF reports.

A judge ordered him held on $2,000 surety bond and to wear a GPS monitor ahead of his next court date on Nov. 12, WSPA reports.

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Group of dads tackle, restrain sex offender accused of peeping at teen in Cracker Barrel bathroom

Douglas Lane, 53, of Charlotte, NC, is charged with voyeurism, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia (Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office).

A group of fathers helped police arrest a man accused of looking under stalls in a South Carolina Cracker Barrel ladies room, reports say.

Duncan Police Chief Carl Long told WSPA that a 15-year-old girl in town for a softball tournament was in the bathroom at the Cracker Barrel on the 1500 block of East Main Street when she noticed something was moving near her feet. When she looked down, Long said she saw that a man’s head from the stall next to her.

Witnesses told WSPA that during the incident the 15-year-old victim was not the only girl in the bathroom at the time.

“I’ll never forget the way they looked after,” the witness said. “They were traumatized.”

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The girl told her father, who confronted the man, identified as 53-year-old Douglas Lane, of Charlotte, NC, after an employee got him out of the bathroom. When Lane tried to leave the restaurant, the police chief said a group of fathers tackled him and kept him restrained until officers got to the scene.

A witness inside the restaurant told WYFF that he saw a man with a bloody nose run outside before being tackled in the parking lot.  

Lane has been charged with voyeurism, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to government records, Lane has been a registered sex offender in North Carolina since 2004, when he was convicted of secretly peeking into an occupied room in Mecklenburg County. In that case, the record shows his victims were 8 and 9 years old.

Four years later in the same county, Lane was convicted of secretly peeking into an occupied room with his victim being 18 or older.

South Carolina’s sex offender registry finds that Lane was convicted of peeping, voyeurism or aggravated voyeurism in 1997 and failure to register in 1999.

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