Third woman files suit over former GPD officer's video voyeurism

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 3:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 3:35 p.m.

A third woman who authorities say was spied on in her home and videotaped in the nude by a former Gainesville police officer has sued the city and the former officer, Brett Robison.

Filed in September, the suit says Robison used a state database of drivers and vehicle information that includes photos to look up the woman’s address. The suit alleges that, in 2007 and 2008, Robison — in uniform and on duty — drove a marked car to the woman’s apartment complex in order to spy on her and videotape her in her bedroom.

The plaintiff in the latest lawsuit, Alison Zittel, alleges that Robison invaded her seclusion and inflicted emotional distress. The suit says the city failed to properly supervise Robison or his use of the database that contained vehicle identification and drivers information.

The suit seeks damages in excess of $15,000 — the threshold to get into circuit court.

In early 2012, two other video voyeurism victims, Theresa Loree Henson and Shannon Rollins, filed suit against the city and Robison.

It remains unclear how Robison may have come to target any of the women. In a February interview, Cherie Fine, the attorney representing Henson and Rollins, said the women did not live near or know Robison.

Zittel also did not know Robison, according to the most recent suit.

Henson and Rollins’ lawsuits have been transferred to federal court and consolidated, with a trial set to start in March.

In 2010, Robison was charged with seven counts of video voyeurism. Those charges were later dropped as part of a plea deal when Robison pleaded no contest in February 2011 to driving under the influence with major bodily injury and official misconduct. He was sentenced to one year and one day in prison and then four years of probation.

The DUI involved a June 2010 crash in which Robison hit a 69-year-old pedestrian at the intersection of Southwest Sixth Street and 16th Avenue. At the time, he was on administrative leave because of the ongoing investigation into the voyeurism charges. He then resigned on June 25, 2010.

Prior to the voyeurism investigation, Robison was placed on leave in 2009 based on an internal investigation that concluded he was among a group of off-duty officers who drove through the Porter’s neighborhood harassing individuals who they believed were prostitutes or drug dealers. Some of those off-duty officers threw eggs at the individuals they targeted, authorities concluded.

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