Wilkes-Barre man accused of secretly recording township official

By Ed Lewis - elewis[email protected]
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A Wilkes-Barre man is facing charges he secretly recorded a conversation with an official in Chester Township, Delaware County, and posted the video on a social media site.

Chester Township police charged David Jeffrey West, 27, of Cross Lane, with intercepting communications, disclosing intercepted communications and criminal use of a communication facility.

Online court records also list an address in Folcroft, Delaware County, for the suspect.

The charges were filed with District Judge Brian Tupper in Kingston Township. They were also filed with a district judge in Delaware County on Nov. 14.

Court records indicate West is set to be arraigned in Delaware County on Tuesday.

According to a criminal complaint:

Chester Township police became aware in October that a two-minute, 58-second video labeled “Pt 3 Chester township corruption…September 28, 2017,” was posted on youtube.com. The video has since been removed.

The video records a telephone conversation between a man and a Chester Township employee on Sept. 28.

The township employee told police he was not aware and did not consent to being recorded. Pennsylvania is a two-party consent state, meaning both parties have to agree to record the conversation.

Police served Verizon a search warrant that traced the phone number that called the employee to West.

Police said there are other videos on youtube.com that West recorded.

One labeled “Chester Township police violating our constitutionally” depicts a man who identifies himself as David West being questioned by police at a park in Chester Township on Sept. 27. The man is with other people having a cookout in a park, the video shows.

The video recorded police requesting the people to move their belongings to private property. In the video, the park appears to be adjacent to apartment buildings.

Attempts to contact West were unsuccessful Friday.

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By Ed Lewis

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