Firefighter, ambulance driver charged with public lewdness

WWNY Firefighter, ambulance driver charged with public lewdness

COPENHAGEN, N.Y. (WWNY) - State police charged a Copenhagen man with public lewdness.

Police said Monday that they arrested John M. Swinyer, 38, of Copenhagen, after he allegedly looked into the windows of a home’s bedroom and exposed “an intimate part of his body in a lewd manner.”

The incident happened early Friday morning. Swinyer was arrested later that day, police said.

“We were dispatched to a residence, to the apartments on Main Street in regards to someone walking and looking into windows at several apartments the night before,” said Trooper Jack Keller of the state police. “The victim stated that the male appeared to be looking into windows, and at this point the windows would appear to be one into her residence in which her daughter, a younger daughter was sleeping in.”

A woman sent us home surveillance video from a West Carthage neighborhood. She says the man in the video had been hanging around her property, peering through her windows over the course of several nights. She calls him a “night crawler.”

According to police,

Swinyer is a member of the Copenhagen volunteer fire department. Chief T.J. Williams told 7 News Monday that Swinyer is suspended from the department, effective immediately. Williams said he was told of the arrest over the weekend.

Police also said Swinyer is a paid driver at Carthage Area Rescue Squad. A squad official said Swinyer has been suspended.

A petition on change.org seeks his removal from the fire department. The petition has been signed by more than 1,600 people.

Trooper Keller said Swinyer was arraigned via Skype. Swinyer will appear in Champion Town Court at a later date, police said.

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