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St. Paul Peeping Tom Faces More Criminal Charges

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- A St. Paul man with a long history of stalking and invading the privacy of women is facing more criminal charges.

The Ramsey County Attorney's Office says 44-year-old John David Searle is charged with aggravated stalking and surreptitious interference with privacy after an ongoing investigation uncovered videos of naked young women and couples -- taken without their knowledge from outside of their residences.

Searle was most recently charged with interference of privacy in September, when neighbors and police witnessed him walking around homes and looking in windows in St. Paul's Merriam Park neighborhood.

An external hard drive seized from Seale contained several videos recorded between June and September of this year.

Both a young woman and a teenage girl confirmed to police that they were in his videos.

Searle has five previous felony convictions for harassment and stalking, two prior misdemeanor convictions for stalking in 1996 and 1997 and four misdemeanor convictions for interfering with privacy in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 2000. He has also been convicted of fleeing police in a motor vehicle and racketeering.

If convicted of these new charges, Searle could face up to 14 years in prison.


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