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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A preliminary hearing was held in Bucks County on Thursday for a former Northampton Township supervisor and his girlfriend accused in a scheme to incapacitate a female township employee with alcohol and then take revealing photos of her without her knowledge.
A head shake from former Northhampton Township supervisor 44-year-old Lawrence Jay Weinstein and silence from his girlfriend Kelly A. Drucker as they left the Bucks County courthouse.
In October, the couple turned themselves in and were charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors for allegedly using spy glasses and a webcam inside Drucker’s home on Nov. 10 2017.
Prosecutors say it was a scheme to incapacitate a female township employee with alcohol and take intimate photographs of her without her consent.
“This was a woman who was going out to dinner with a female friend. She literally had no idea of their nefarious motives that they were gonna spike her drinks and incapacitate her such that they were gonna do unimaginable sexual things to her,” said Jennifer Schorn with the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office.
According to court documents, text messages between Weinstein and Drucker show the couple plotting to spike their victim’s drink with high-proof alcohol called Everclear as a ploy to get her back to Drucker’s house where a webcam was placed in the bathroom.
The township employee took the stand.
“She was so poised, articulate and showed such remarkable strength despite what she went through,” said Schorn.
The investigation launched in August of 2018 after Drucker, who is a nursing assistant, gave her cell phone which contained the text message thread between her and Weinstein to her 13-year-old daughter.
Drucker’s attorney says there’s more evidence that he wanted to present today in court.
“What we see of the iceberg is only one-third of it. So it’s two thirds below the water and our job is going to be to take those other two bergs and bring them out of the water and be able to put on the defendants’ case properly when it comes time for trial,” said Frank Sopin, Drucker’s attorney.
During the preliminary hearing, prosecutors asked for additional charges including conspiracy to rape.
Judge Daniel Finnelo Jr. ruled to not allow the rape conspiracy charge.
“As you heard graphically from the text messages, it was more of a fascination and curiosity of wanting to see not touch and not take any further action. It’s about voyeurism,” said Bill Goldman, Weinstein’s attorney.
Weinstein is also accused of indecent assault of another unconscious woman in a second case.
While investigating the November 2017 incident, Bucks County detectives found photos on an iPad showing Weinstein sexually assaulting a woman in late 2012 while she was unconscious.
“He’s remorseful. He’s sympathetic. He’s been directed to have no contact with the people involved and I’m sure he would like to say a few words to them,” said Goldman.
The next court date is scheduled for February.