Police: GNA board member secretly recorded nude woman

James Halpin, The Citizens' Voice, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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Apr. 5—A Greater Nanticoke Area School District board member set up cameras and secretly recorded nude images of a woman he'd become enamored with after meeting her during counseling sessions when she was in the sixth grade, police said.

Matthew Joseph Landmesser, 42, was charged Monday with a felony count of intercepting communications and three misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy.

Police said Landmesser met the woman when she was in the sixth grade. He worked at a counseling service and was her case worker, the charges said.

For the past three years, the woman has been living at Landmesser's home at 400 E. Union St., although she described their relationship as only friendly, according to the complaint.

In January, the woman reported she found three cameras inside the home. Two were in the living room where she slept and contained images of her daily activities, including changing clothes, police said.

Investigators said the Brickhouse Security cameras weren't exactly hidden, but were designed to not appear to be recording devices to the untrained eye.

Police reviewing the footage found images of the woman naked as well as images of Landmesser smelling her clothing, trying on one of her bras and "having sex on her couch with her clothes and blankets," the complaint alleges.

Footage also showed Landmesser unsuccessfully attempting to set up the camera above the toilet in a bathroom, police said.

During a search of the home, police found a computer containing a letter that "professes Landmesser's love" for the victim, the complaint said.

Landmesser referred to "them" trying to separate the two of them and lamented the victim's lack of interest in his "physical attempts to show his feelings" by hugging and kissing, police said.

The letter, which referenced the victim attending a semi-formal dance on the date of authorship, also said Landmesser did not want to go on living if he didn't have the victim in his life, according to the complaint.

Police said that when the victim confronted Landmesser, he apologized for recording her and said he "messed up" his entire life by setting up the cameras.

Magisterial District Judge Joseph A. Halesey arraigned Landmesser on the charges Monday afternoon and released him on $25,000 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing was set for April 21.

Landmesser declined comment outside the courtroom.

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