Although death by circumcision isn’t likely to be on the list of sentencing options for Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill, a 21-year-old Payson man will likely spend at least a year on probation and possibly two years in jail for looking at a topless woman in her home.
On July 22, police arrested Alexander William Lee Simmons for surreptitious viewing after he admitted he watched a woman in her home through the blinds.
After his arrest, an intoxicated Simmons reportedly said he wanted to end his life and that “he wished he could be killed by circumcision,” according to a police report by Payson Police Officer Mark Hillegas.
On Monday, Simmons pled guilty to surreptitious viewing, a class six felony with three other charges dismissed, including aggravated assault on an officer and disorderly conduct.
Cahill will sentence Simmons June 6 at 10:30 a.m. in Payson. He could face anywhere from two years in jail to three years on probation with the stipulation he spend 12 months in jail and pay a stiff fine.
Hillegas gave the following account of what happened on July 22, 2010:
Around 9 p.m., a mother and daughter were walking home in the area of the 200 block of South Ponderosa Street, when Simmons reportedly walked out of a dark alley and approached them. The mother turned around and yelled at Simmons to go away, but he took three steps forward. The mother picked up a garden brick to defend herself, but Simmons only mumbled something incoherent. The women turned around and fled into their home.
When officers arrived, they found Simmons stumbling in the street. Simmons said he had been walking around the Payson Apartments complex “for quite some time and that he also observed a person inside their residence through the window” with their breasts showing.
Simmons said he knocked on the woman’s front door and tried to talk to her, but she refused to answer.
The woman in the apartment said she was sitting on a chair in her living room and her bathrobe had fallen off her shoulders.
When officers went to arrest Simmons, he reportedly started screaming and crying and when they went to put him in a patrol vehicle, he thrashed his legs around.
Officers drove Simmons to the hospital given his level of intoxication. At the hospital, Simmons continued to yell and scream. Simmons was eventually handcuffed to a hospital bed.
“I assisted the hospital staff with grabbing Simmons’ legs in an effort for them to tie them down and not hurt himself, break the hospital bed or hurt anybody else,” Hillegas wrote.
Hillegas contacted Rim Guidance because Simmons continued to state he wanted to take his own life.
“Simmons made statements such as ‘I wish it was all over, it needs to be over, I don’t need to be here anymore’ and state that he wished he would be killed by circumcision, Hillegas wrote.