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FBPD officer arrested in secret peeping case

Donald Bryan Beauchaine


    Warrants charging ten counts of secret peeping were served on a suspended Fair Bluff Police Department officer in Fayetteville Monday.
    Donald Bryan Beauchaine, 38, was charged on warrants obtained by the Lake Waccamaw Police Department upon his release from the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville, and held at the Cumberland County Jail under bonds totaling $15,000.
    Warrants say a child was secretly photographed by Beauchaine, using a cell phone into a bathroom, between April 1 and June 4. Those photographs were made at Beauchaine’s home, Lake Waccamaw Police Chief Scott Hyatt said.
    There does not appear to have been any inappropriate physical contact between Beauchaine and the child, Hyatt said.
    Beauchaine is not married and apparently has no children, Hyatt said.
    Beauchaine was reported missing during the evening of June 4, soon after someone found a camera hidden in his Lake Waccamaw home, Hyatt said. Police believed then that Beauchaine could be a danger to himself, Hyatt said.
    Police located Beauchaine later, in Leland, and he was admitted to the hospital in Fayetteville.
    Beauchaine, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp and of law enforcement, was suspended last week, without pay, from his job on the Fair Bluff Police Department, consulting town manager Al Leonard said. Fair Bluff’s town council is expected to discuss Beauchaine’s employment status next week.

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