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Aggravated Stalking Charges For Man Peeping In Windows

John Searle has been charged with interfering with privacy and aggravated stalking in Dakota County, Minnesota. He has served time in the past and has been in and out of jail for the past 25 years. He was charged with peeping in windows near the University of St. Thomas. He had been recording videos of young women and spying on them through their windows. A female student took pictures of his car when she saw him in a neighbor’s yard. He has 10 prior stalking and interefering with privacy charges on his record for peeping in windows. Videos were found which shows Searle peeping in windows of the same female on different nights.

Aggravated Stalking carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of not more than $20,000. Searle is being charged with felony aggravated stalking because of his past convictions and because of his pattern of stalking conduct. Interfering with privacy carries a penalty of up to two years. Searle is currently in custody and has court again on November 30, 2015.

In Minnesota, the definition of stalking means to “engage in conduct which the actor knows or has reason to know would cause the victim under the circumstances to feel frightened, threatened, oppressed, persecuted, or intimidated, and causes this reaction on the part of the victim regardless of the relationship between the actor and victim.” The State does not have to prove the actor’s intent. Stalking can be found in many ways, such as: following or monitoring individuals, repeated telephone calls and texts, and repeated mailing or delivering of packages and letters. Etc. For a full list of stalking crimes, see Statute 609.749, Subd. 2.

Because of Searle’s past convictions and because of the video proof, he will need an experienced and aggressive defense attorney in Dakota County. The attorneys at Keller Law Offices have many cases in Dakota County and also practice statewide.

If you have been charged with or stalking or interfering with privacy contact Keller Law Offices. Our attorneys are criminal lawyers in Minneapolis. Max Keller has been a criminal lawyer in Minneapolis for many years and has handled cases similar to Searle’s case. A criminal lawyer in Minneapolis will be able to negotiate the prosecutor’s offer or fight your case at trial. Contact Keller Law Offices for a free consultation. Max Keller is an experienced criminal lawyer in Minneapolis. Call 952-913-1421.visit the firm’s website at

He has won jury trial cases in misdemeanor and felony cases and in DWI’s and non-DWI’s. He is a member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, which only allows the top 50 criminal defense attorneys in the state as members. He is a frequent speaker at CLE’s and is often asked for advice by other defense attorneys across Minnesota.

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