St. Paul Serial Peeper Convicted Again

Forty-five-year-old John David Searle Photo: Photo: Ramsey County Sheriff's Office Forty-five-year-old John David Searle

August 19, 2016 04:46 PM

A man has been sentenced after an investigation was launched into a peeping case near the University of St. Thomas back in September 2015.

Forty-five-year-old John David Searle was sentenced to more than three years in prison after he was convicted of one count of aggravated stalking and one count of invasion of privacy.


On Sept. 10, 2015, police were conducting an undercover detail in the Mac-Groveland area in St. Paul and noticed small holes in the screens in one of the homes where officers saw Searle lurking, according to the criminal complaint.

He appeared to be holding a video camera at the time of his arrest.

During an interview with investigators on Sept. 18, a person who called police about the peeping pointed out several homes where she saw Searle lurking. Holes in screens over the bedroom window were discovered. Offices met with a woman that lived at one of the homes, who was identified as “JN.”

During searches of Searle’s home and media devices, police found multiple videos of women and couples recorded from outside of a window without them knowing, according to the criminal complaint. Officers recognized one of the women in several of the videos as “JN.” In a few of the videos, she was recorded in her bedroom naked, police say.

“JN” viewed the video and identified herself and confirmed the videos were taken on separate dates from June 1 through Sept. 10. She cried as she watched the videos and said she was afraid Searle would get out of jail and come to her home again.

According to court records, Searle has five prior felony convictions for stalking. Two convictions were in Hennepin County in January 2008. He also has a previous felony conviction for interference with privacy in Hennepin County from 2014.

Other convictions include misdemeanors of interfering with privacy from 1995, 1996, 1997 and 2000. There are also stalking convictions from 1996 and 1997.


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