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February 16. 2013 4:21PM
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POINT TWP. – A Kingston constable is facing charges of spying on two teenage girls known to him through a two-way mirror while they were camping in a recreational vehicle in Northumberland County.

Point Township police charged John C. Gould, 54, of Market Street, with six counts of invasion of privacy. The charges were filed July 30 with District Judge Richard Cashman in Sunbury and mailed to Gould.

Gould was elected constable for part of Kingston in the 2009 general election. His term expires in January 2016.

He did not return a message for comment on Tuesday.

Police allege Gould spied on the two girls while they showered in an RV at the Splash Mountain Campground from June 28 to July 1.

According to the criminal complaint:

Two girls, ages 15 and 17, told Kingston police in early July they suspected Gould spied on them while they showered inside the RV while camping.

The younger girl said she first became suspicious when she heard a noise while she shaved her legs in the bathroom. She told her older sister about hearing the noise and allegedly found a picture on hinges and a two-way mirror in the bathroom, the complaint says.

Point Township police served a search warrant for the RV, allegedly finding a picture on a hinge covering a 10-by-12-inch hole in the wall separating the bathroom and a bedroom. The picture moved on the hinge when a screw was removed from the bedroom.

Police allege in the complaint that a screwdriver was found in a bedroom dresser drawer.

A two-way mirror was also attached to the bathroom wall permitting a one-way view of the bathroom from a bedroom, according to the complaint. A lamp without a shade was placed near the mirror to diminish visibility of the mirror, according to the complaint.

The two girls told police they showered a total of six times while Gould was inside the RV. A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Sept. 12 before Cashman.

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