Greensburg man accused of video peeping outside Unity home
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Drones hover at top of holiday wish lists
- Contractor eyes early finish to work on New Stanton interchange of Interstate 70
- Greensburg streetlights to be updated, save city $90K
- Family collecting donations for Salem man seriously injured in deer stand fall
- Western Pa. students bristle at changing menu choices
- Jeannette trudges through blight
- Westmoreland County’s $42M surplus nearly gone
- Westmoreland County Judge Regoli has 5 days to decide on whether he’ll ask for recount
- Penn Park project moves forward
- 2 Greensburg properties left on demo list
- $2,000 donated for abused puppies recovering at South Huntingdon shelter