Ex-Twp. Official, Friend Accused of Abusing Drunken Woman
A former Northampton Township supervisor and his girlfriend are charged with using spy glasses and a webcam in a scheme to incapacitate a woman with alcohol and take intimate photographs of her without her consent.
Lawrence Jay Weinstein, 44, of Cypress Circle, and Kelly A. Drucker, of Beacon Hill Drive, surrendered to Bucks County Detectives this afternoon to be arraigned on multiple felony counts each, including violations of the Pennsylvania Wiretap Act related to the criminal use of the webcam, glasses and cell phones.
They also are charged with misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment, invasion of privacy, recklessly endangering another person and criminal conspiracy.
Weinstein is further accused of indecent assault of an unconscious woman in a separate incident.
According to charging documents, text messages between Weinstein and Drucker show the couple plotting last fall to spike their victim’s drinks with high-proof alcohol to render her unable to drive as a ploy to get her back to Drucker’s house where a webcam had been placed in the bathroom.
“Don’t let her go to the bathroom until she gets back to your place,” Weinstein appears to instruct Drucker in the messages.
Planning for what they referred to as their “mission” began in late October 2017 and led to Drucker and the victim having dinner at a Mexican restaurant on the evening of Nov. 10, 2017, the criminal complaint says.
Weinstein, who was not at the dinner, kept in communication with Drucker throughout the night via text message, coaching the woman on how best to convince their victim to come back to Drucker’s home, the complaint says.
“Keep sober so you can make it happen and aren’t too drunk to win,” Weinstein’s texts said.
The complaint shows the messages shifted later in the evening toward the goal of keeping the woman at Drucker’s home, as well as needling her with sexually-charged questions. All the while, Weinstein continuously instructed Drucker to make the woman drink greater amounts of alcohol.
After some time, arrest papers say, the woman became ill and passed out in a bathroom, prompting a flurry of messages from Weinstein telling the woman to use the spy glasses to take photos of the victim.
“Don’t worry about her. Get glasses on now,” the texts say. They continue, “Get her naked and get [sic] door open.”
Weinstein later told police he was “concerned” for the victim, and was not sure if he should call an ambulance, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
A few days later, the couple had a text message conversation discussing future plans for their “mission,” which police believe refers to finding additional victims.
Asked by investigators about the incident, the victim said she recalled going to dinner, saying her wine “didn’t taste right,” and she was “so sick” the following morning. She told detectives she does not recall the rest of the night after commenting on the wine.
During their investigation, detectives recovered photos of the victim taken while she was in the bathroom at Drucker’s home. Their investigation began after a man in August discovered illicit messages on a phone that once belonged to Drucker.
While investigating the November incident, county detectives say they found photos on an iPad showing Weinstein sexually assaulting a woman in late 2012 while she was unconscious.
According to the criminal complaint, Weinstein’s second victim told police she was not aware of the incident and did not consent to Weinstein touching her or taking the photos.
District Judge Daniel J. Finello Jr. set bail for both Weinstein and Drucker at $300,000 unsecured. They both are set for preliminary hearings Oct. 18.
Criminal charges are allegations subject to proof in court. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
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