Calcasieu

Oct 22, 2012 9:22 AM by AP

Venue Question Postponed in Doctor Voyeurism Case

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - It will be a couple weeks more before a Calcasieu Parish judge begins mock jury selection to consider whether it's possible to find an unbiased jury in the parish to hear the case against a Lake Charles gynecologist accused of voyeurism and sexual battery.

The session for Dr. Peter LaFuria has been rescheduled from Monday to Nov. 7 because defense attorney Glen Vamvoras has another trial starting Monday, prosecutor Cynthia Killingsworth said.

Hearings on Vamvoras' requests for a change of venue and to suppress evidence will be considered Nov. 8 and 9.

LaFuria is charged with 186 counts of video voyeurism, for allegedly photographing women's genitals without their consent. He also faces 78 counts of sexual battery and five counts of molestation of a juvenile. Some of the women claimed LaFuria touched them inappropriately.

Questions about evidence have repeatedly held up the start of trial for LaFuria since his arrest in 2007.

LaFuria's attorneys contend that the warrant to search his home did not extend to the CDs, hard drives and other storage devices that contained the photos.

District Attorney John DeRosier asked earlier this year to try the battery and molestation charges separately from the voyeurism charges.

LaFuria is free on $1.29 million bond and is reported to be living in Texas.

Both LaFuria and his insurance companies have agreed to civil settlements.

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