Man charged with secretly taking nude photos of Athens roommate


Avery Hogan Pendergraph

By Joe Johnson

A man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly taking photos of his female roommate through a peephole in the bathroom of their Athens residence.

Avery Hogan Pendergraph, 31, was arrested Sunday on warrants charging him with felony illegal surveillance and electronic transmission of images depicting nudity without consent.

The alleged spying came to light on Aug. 17 when the 30-year-old victim reported that her mother sent her a link for nude photos of the victim, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report.

The woman told police that she and Pendergraph did not get along, he did not pay his bills and that he moved out in April.

After receiving the link to the photographs, which included images of her getting out of the shower, the victim noticed a small “screw-like” hole in the wall under a mirror and cabinet in her bathroom.

The bedroom that was formerly occupied by Pendergraph was on the other side of the wall, where the victim found "a random screw" that seemed "weird to her," the police report said.

The victim reportedly told police that Pendergraph had mentioned that he had bought some security cameras for the house, but she never saw them.

At the time the police report was filed, an officer noted in the report that the address on Pendergraph’s driver’s license had been changed in July to a location in Lagrange.

Pendergraph was booked into the Clarke County Jail Sunday morning and was released Tuesday afternoon upon posting a total bond of $10,700, according to the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office.

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