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Greensburg man accused of video peeping outside Unity home

| Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, 11:29 a.m.
John Robert Miller, 57, of Greensburg is charged with secretly videotaping a Unity Township woman in her shower.

A Greensburg man who was arrested for allegedly secretly videotaping a Unity woman outside her home as she took a shower admitted he had been secretly taping women for about four months until a neighbor of the latest victim tackled him, police said.

John R. Miller Jr., 57, who previously lived in New Kensington, was arraigned before District Judge Michael Mahady on Friday morning on charges of loitering and prowling and criminal trespass in the Lawson Heights neighborhood about 8 p.m. Thursday.

A neighbor spotted Miller outside the woman's window and went outside to investigate.

The neighbor saw (Miller) “standing on a sawhorse videotaping someone in the bathroom,” Trooper Patrick Ciriello said in an affidavit.

The neighbor tackled Miller and held him until officers arrived, police said.

Miller told police he would often park his car in the parking lot of Sharky's Restaurant, off Route 30, in the evenings and then look through the neighborhood for potential victims, the affidavit said.

Miller “confessed that he had been videotaping women both naked and clothed at several houses in the Lawson Heights area for at least four months,” Ciriello wrote in the court document.

Police said there may be at least six other victims. Miller's cellphone, which was seized by police, will be examined by forensic experts.

Miller has a prior record for similar incidents. He was convicted in a similar case in 2003. He served nine years in prison for that incident and a series of burglaries, according to court records.

He is being held in the Westmoreland County Prison.Mahady set bond at $10,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 31.

Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or ppeirce@tribweb.com.

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