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Confiscated phone leads to arrest
Driscoll charged for use of concealed device
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Tracy Driscoll

A Great Bend man whose phone was confiscated by police after an incident in February has been charged with using a hidden device to view individuals.
Tracy James Driscoll was booked into the Barton County Detention Center on Monday on eight counts of “breach of privacy,” a level 8 person felony. On Thursday, Assistant County Attorney Douglas Matthews confirmed that Driscoll has been formally charged on those eight counts. The charges allege “a concealed device was used to view individuals under circumstances where they would normally have an expectation of privacy.”
Matthews said the separate counts signify multiple victims and the crimes are alleged to have occurred on more than one date. He declined to comment further on the case. No court date has been set.

Driscoll remains free on a $10,000 bond posted on the day he was booked.

On Feb. 16, Great Bend police officers were called to E-Z Tan, 1657 K-96, to investigate an incident in which customers suspected they had been secretly photographed. A woman told police she was inside a booth when she saw a hand holding a cellphone above the partition.
Police were called to the business and talked to a male, whose cellphone was collected as evidence. No arrest was made at that time, but the Great Bend Tribune reported a search warrant for the phone had been sought and it would go to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation for analysis.


Chambers convicted of stalking, possession
In an unrelated case, a Hoisington man was convicted of stalking and possession of methamphetamine, Thursday in Barton County District Court. He was also convicted of two misdemeanor counts of violating a protective order.
Randy Chambers waived his preliminary hearings on the felony charges in four cases filed in 2017 and 2018, Matthews said.
He was charged with stalking a woman on Nov. 1, 2017. Later he was charged with possession of methamphetamine on Dec. 31, 2017. The violations of a protective order occurred on Oct. 29, 2017, and Nov. 11, 2017.
Sentencing has been set for 11 a.m. on July 13.