ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A peeping Tom who spied on a teen neighbor is accused of misbehaving again and violating his probation. His probation officer believes Dylan Maho, 31, acts like a guy who doesn’t think he should have to follow rules.
KRQE News 13 last covered Maho when a judge gave him probation in December. His courtroom etiquette perhaps could have been a sign the admitted peeping Tom could be trouble, as he covered his face, giving our camera an obscene gesture.
Three months later, Maho was back in court Tuesday, not offering his middle finger to the media this time, but he heard why he was handcuffed and in a jail jumpsuit.
“The state is very concerned with Mr. Maho,” said Alissa Berger, assistant district attorney. “The probation office is very concerned with Mr. Maho because there has also been a continued pattern of deceit on behalf of Mr. Maho,” the prosecutor added.
In 2013, a nude Maho fondled himself as he spied on a 14-year-old neighbor through a window while she showered. The girl’s father, Emilio Chavez III, chased Maho down, badly beating him up on their West Side street.
Under New Mexico law, a peeping Tom does not have to register as a sex offender. Because of the nature of Maho’s crime, however, the Sex Offender Unit with the Probation and Parole Division at the New Mexico Corrections Department closely watches Maho.
According to court documents obtained by News 13, Maho “does not believe he should be supervised in the Sex Offender Unit.” A probation officer wrote, “He continues to struggle with this and states he is not a sex offender.”
Berger said, “The state is going to be asking for some jail time.”
Court documents reveal that Maho violated his curfew on March 3, even shutting down his GPS on Christmas Eve for six hours. Maho also tried to open an electronics store that would sell video game accessories near two schools. Highland High School and Zia Elementary are near the strip mall on San Mateo NE where Maho signed a lease.
Maho’s public defender Cherylinn Gunning told the judge about the allegations he violated his probation, “They pretty much center around his attempt to open a business.”
“The alleged violations are very technical. Mr. Maho attempted to open a store selling electronics and allegedly violated probation because he signed a lease without permission,” she said. “[Maho] missed a curfew because he was at his store,” Gunning told the judge.
“Because these are very technical violations, I’m asking that the court release Mr. Maho on his own recognizance,” Gunning said.
Judge Mark A. Macaron said, “I’m not comfortable releasing Mr. Maho under the circumstances of this case.”
Macaron told Maho, “Mr Maho, you’ll be held without bond.”
Defendants are often brought into court in groups from jail. The judge let Maho’s case be heard last, so other inmates wouldn’t hear that he spied on a teen girl and target him in jail.
Maho will be back in court April 14 where a judge could revoke his probation and keep him in jail for months.