The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 3, 2013

Felony count filed in Snyder County case involving secret recordings

By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item

— MIDDLEBURG — A Mifflinburg man is charged with secretly recording conversations with two Snyder County employees and posting the recordings on Facebook.

John Daniel Arndt, 45, of 810 Chestnut St., allegedly created a video and audio recording of conversations he had with Jennifer Bowersox, an employee in the district attorney’s office, and Karen Varner of the county Domestic Relations office at the Middleburg courthouse on Sept. 13 and then posted it on the social media site, state police at Selinsgrove said.

Bowersox and Varner said they were never informed by Arndt that he was recording their conversation, police said.

It’s against the law to audiotape another person without their consent.

Police were notified about the conversations being posted on the Facebook page Arndt created for frustrated parents dealing with custody issues called Parents Against Unlawful Legal Abuse on Sept. 23 by Assistant District Attorney Brian Kerstetter.

On Sept. 15, Arndt wrote on the site, “I will soon be posting video I took at the Snyder county courthouse to show the levels of which they are willing to go to keep us from getting the answers we require to defend ourselves.”

The video was removed when police interviewed.

Trooper Brent Bobb said he viewed the video and that it appeared Arndt used a recorder placed in his front shirt pocket to capture the conversations.

Arndt is charged with intercepting communications, a third-degree felony. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday before District Judge Lori R. Hackenberg.

District Attorney Michael Piecuch has referred the case to the state Attorney General’s Office.