Ben Andrew Fuchs has been acquitted of being the infamous "Scottsdale Creeper," which means (however you look at it) the guy who was breaking into the apartments of women to watch them sleep is still on the loose.
A jury in Maricopa County Superior Court found Fuchs not guilty yesterday of five counts of burglary, five counts of voyeurism, and two counts of aggravated assault.
Fuchs was accused of breaking into women's apartments between June and November 2008, The women told police they would wake up to find the "creeper" petting their hair and staring at them.
After waking up to find some weirdo next to them, the women say, the man would claim to have accidentally walked into the wrong apartment.
This was not Fuchs' first run-in with the law. According to police records, he was arrested once before for indecent exposure.
Fuchs lawyer, Alan Hock, argued that there was no physical evidence linking Fuchs to any of the apartments, and the women never positively identified him as the creeper in their bedrooms.
The jury found there wasn't sufficient evidence to convict Fuchs.
Prosecutors will have another shot at Fuchs, as he still must stand trial for an unrelated incident that sounds eerily similar to the wrap he just beat.
While awaiting trial on the "creeper" case, prosecutors say, Fuchs was at a Scottsdale house party, where he made his way into the bedroom of a sleeping woman and put his hand down her pants.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.