DALLAS — A Dallas man faces a felony of unlawful contact with a child and invasion of privacy charges in an incident that occurred in June at the Dallas Public Library.
According to court records, the suspect, Thoron Schneider, 28, of Dallas, pleaded guilty to invasion of privacy in a separate case last year.
At about 4 p.m. on June 19, Dallas police responded to a report of a sex offense at the library, 950 Main St., Dallas. A patron of the library told police that an unknown man put his cellphone underneath the stall where her juvenile daughter was using the restroom, according to Dallas police.
The girl spotted the cellphone and ran out of the restroom to report it. The suspect then ran out the back doors of the library, police said.
She described the suspect to police as “male, possibly in his late 20s or 30s, medium build, with dirty blonde hair.”
The girl said he was wearing a neon yellow sweater, khaki pants and had a dark-colored backpack.
On June 20, Dallas officer Jane Burke reviewed surveillance, which showed the suspect entering the library. Dallas Sgt. Josh Calef contacted Polk County Community Corrections about the incident. One of the agency’s clients said Schneider had committed similar crimes in the past, police said.
On June 27, Burke and Polk County deputy Marty Watson interviewed Schneider.
“Schneider admitted he had a past of peeking over bathroom stalls to watch women in the bathroom,” said a Dallas police release on the incident. “Schneider indicated that he did not make a plan to go into the girl’s bathroom, and that it was a ‘spur of the moment idea.’”
He told police that after leaving the library, he hid the neon sweater he was wearing in a Dumpster near the library.
Dallas police arrested Schneider on June 27. He is at Polk County Jail on a no-bail detainer.
Schneider was indicted on July 3 with two counts of felony unlawful contact with a child, second-degree invasion of personal privacy, and misdemeanor unlawfully being in a location where children regularly congregate.
He pleaded not guilty to all charges on July 5 during an arraignment in Polk County Circuit Court.
According to court records, Schneider has been convicted of third-degree sex abuse in 2010, second-degree criminal trespassing in 2010, second-degree burglary in 2011, first-degree burglary in 2012, and invasion of personal privacy in 2018.
His next court date is July 18 at 10:30 a.m.