Crime

Alleged peeper bound over for trial

A Centre Hall man was bound over for trial Wednesday on charges that he watched young women undressing in their downtown State College apartments.

Joseph A. Schluter, 36, faces one count of invasion of privacy and five counts of loitering and prowling, all misdemeanors.

At his preliminary hearing, five girls testified that Schluter had watched them or their roommates in their Beaver Plaza apartments from the nearby Fraser Street parking garage. Two said he was watching them as they came out of the shower and were getting dressed.

State College police said Schluter was a former State College borough employee, but supervisors said he had no reason to be looking into apartment windows from the deck. Defense attorney Bernard Cantorna argued that his client was doing his job, patrolling the parking garage to prevent possible suicide jumpers.

District Judge Tom Jordan dismissed one count of invasion of privacy on grounds that the woman was not naked enough to meet the legal requirements of the charge.

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