HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — An East Hartford woman is speaking out for the first time about a voyeurism incident in a bath house at Hammonasset State Park three years ago when she was showering with her two young daughters.
Kim Smith of East Hartford says she was on the family’s first ever camping trip three years ago when two men watched her and her young daughters through a peep hole in a shower stall.
“I saw an outline of a face and I saw eyes and facial hair looking at me and I just was scared and nervous and my heart sunk,” said Smith. “I was scared and I tried to rush all of us into the bathroom stall to put our clothes on and then I noticed there was another big hole around the toilet in the stall and my heart sunk again.”
She says they quickly exited the bath house, “I came face to face and I knew at that moment that the guy with the facial hair was the one that I saw inside of the hole, I just knew what I saw, I knew it.”
In the ensuing court case a state employee was able to demonstrate how two men were able to look through the holes in the plumbing access areas of the bath houses. The two state employees were fired, arrested and convicted. Smith says she never wanted to go public but felt compelled when she heard that a camera had been found in a clothes hook in a bath house at the same park earlier this month.
“With another privacy breach in the news, I know not enough is being done to protect those in their most vulnerable state,” she said.
In reaction the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said in a statement “We took steps to inspect all of our bath houses and make repairs… Our park staff has been instructed to inspect bath houses regularly and thoroughly and to be on the lookout for items that could contain a camera.”
Smith says she may never get over the incident. “If I have to use a dressing room, it hits you, it makes a fear, you look, you have to see if there’s holes, if there’s cracks, if there’s a camera, whatever the case maybe, it’s something that is going to stick with me.”
She did appear to be genuinely traumatized when talking about this Thursday. She does have claim currently pending before the ‘State Claims Commissioner’ for an unspecified amount in damages in her case. Her lawyer said that that is the best way to bring the state’s attention to this.