Isaac Teu, from Collaroy Plateau, was arrested at the office of real estate agency Doyle Spillane in the northern Sydney suburb of Dee Why on Friday morning, where he worked as a leasing and business development executive for seven years.
He was arrested after he was allegedly noticed by the 13-year-old girl, who saw him peering through a window of her home in Collaroy Plateau about 10.45pm last Friday.
The girl then alerted her parents, who searched the yard and did not find the man. However, a check of the home’s security footage showed a man walking around the property.
Teu is no longer listed as an agent on the Doyle Spillane website, however a cached web profile on the real estate agency’s website describes him as “one of the nicest and most ethical agents you’ll ever meet”.
It states that the 30-year-old moved into residential property management after a two-year service mission with his church.
On Friday he was arrested at his Dee Why office, before being taken to Manly police station, where he was charged with two counts of peeping, two counts of stalking or intimidation with the intent of causing fear of physical harm, and entering land with the intent of committing an indictable offence.
It is understood the girl’s home was next door to a property for which Teu had recently handled the sale and attended multiple times.
According to the cached Doyle Spillane web page, the “three pillars” of Teu’s life are “family, faith and work; his deeply ingrained integrity”.
“A local Collaroy resident along with his beautiful wife [and] daughter … Isaac is a devoted family man who grew up just down the beach in Curl Curl.”
He is also described as having a “friendly, enthusiastic personality” and was the founder of the Happy Helpers charity, which collects and distributes clothing for those in need across Sydney.
A spokeswoman for Doyle Spillane said the business had been in contact with the police regarding an individual “employed by our firm”.
“For privacy reasons we are unable to confirm the name of the individual or discuss his employment status; however, we have offered our full cooperation to the NSW Police and will assist them in any way in their enquiries. We have no additional comment to make at this time,” she said.
Northern Beaches police area commander Superintendent Dave Darcy said the man was located after several members of the public called Crime Stoppers with “definitive” information, following the release of security footage and an appeal for information.
“This is a great case of community and police working together … many people in the community came forward and identified that man,” he said.
“This has significantly affected [the 13-year-old’s] way of life, and that should not be taken lightly at all,” he said.
On Friday, detectives also searched Teu’s home and workplace after the arrest.
He was granted conditional bail to appear at Manly Local Court on Wednesday December 19.
Sydney Morning Herald