A local lawyer has been arrested and criminally charged for allegedly conspiring with his girlfriend, who also faces charges, to take “intimate” photographs of unknowing women.
The lawyer, Lawrence J. Weinstein, was arraigned Tuesday in Bucks County. According to charging documents, he and Kelly Drucker, who also faces felony charges, had devised a plan to get a woman drunk and take photos of her using the bathroom using a web cam and spy glasses. Prosecutors also allege that Weinstein had sexual contact with another woman when she was unconscious and photographed it.
Weinstein practiced law at Silver & Silver in Ardmore, but has been placed on administrative leave while the criminal case is pending, according to the firm. His biography no longer appears on the firm’s website.
Weinstein was also a member of the Northampton Township Board of Supervisors, but he resigned in September, according to a report in The Intelligencer. He was elected in 2013 to a six-year term.
He faces felony charges including indecent assault, invasion of privacy and false imprisonment. He and Drucker turned themselves in Tuesday, according to the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office. Bail was set at $300,000, unsecured.
According to charging documents, Weinstein and Drucker formed a plan in which Drucker met a woman, referred to in documents as “Victim No. 1,” for dinner at a local restaurant. Weinstein instructed Drucker to put grain alcohol in the woman’s wine so she would become drunk, then said, “‘Don’t let her go to the bathroom until she gets back to your place,’” the charging documents said.
The pair later took photos of victim No. 1 in the bathroom without her consent, using hidden cameras, the charging documents said.
The prosecutors also alleged “indecent contact” between Weinstein and another woman, referred to as “Victim No. 2,” and alleged that Weinstein photographed the contact. Those photos were found on an iPad in Weinstein’s home, the documents said, and the victim appears to be unconscious. She later told detectives she did not consent to the contact or remember it.
Police began investigating Weinstein and Drucker in August. Drucker had given her teenage daughter a white iPhone that still contained text messages, photos and videos that Drucker and Weinstein had exchanged. The text messages included messages about Victim No. 1. Drucker’s ex-husband found the messages and other content on the phone and informed police.
Weinstein became an associate at Silver & Silver in 2001 and was promoted to partner in 2009.
Efforts to reach Weinstein for comment were unsuccessful.