ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The man police says was caught naked, peeping on two girls and then beaten nearly to death has finally made it to jail and court.
Walking with a limp and still nursing a swollen left eye, Dylan Maho, 29, made his first court appearance in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court on Tuesday.
Maho is charged with fourth-degree felony voyeurism after being accused of looking through a family's window while standing outside their home naked.
According to the criminal complaint, a man inside the home found Maho after he went to investigate a “grunt or moaning sound” coming from a bush outside his room where he was sleeping with his fiancé and their 1-year old daughter.
The man told police that he found Maho completely naked and that he appeared to be “pleasuring himself.” The man said Maho then punched him in the face and ran.
According to the complaint, the man who found Maho told police Maho then tried to jump a fence into his own backyard, but failed and continued to run down a street. The man then chased Maho, eventually catching him down the street, where they began fighting.
The man told police his father then caught up to the fight and “took over” severely beating Maho in the street. The family then called police.
Maho has been in the hospital with life-threatening injuries since the incident on Sept. 5. He was released from the hospital on Monday.
In court Tuesday, background investigators revealed that Maho has faced similar charges in the past. According to court records, Maho was convicted of misdemeanor sex abuse and invasion of privacy charges in Wisconsin in 2000 and 2002.
Maho didn't says anything at his first appearance. However, his partner addressed the judge in response to a request by background investigators to raise Maho’s bond.
“Money is tight… and… he also has a 5-year old son, and much of his family lives here in town, so there's a community of people,” said Chip Care, Maho’s partner.
Ultimately, Metro Court Judge Sandra Engel decided to raise Maho's $10,000 bond to $15,000 because of his history and the facts of the case. Engel also confirmed that Maho does not have custody of his own child.
The father of the alleged victims in this case, Emilio Chavez III, could be charged with aggravated battery for beating up Maho. However, that decision will be made by a grand jury.
Albuquerque police says the investigation into the beating of Maho should be turned over to the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office in the next week. It's unclear how long a grand jury could take to decide on any charges.
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