Neighbor Snaps Lewd Pictures, Breaks Into Homes, Police Say

According to police, the man was busted after two young pet sitters looked at his camcorder.

A 50-year-old Phoenixville man faces multiple felony charges after police say he took sexually suggestive video of women in his neighborhood without their consent, and, on several occasions, broke into nearby homes to take photographs of bras and underwear.

Two men and their underage daughters went to the Schuylkill Township Police Department to report suspicious behavior in the neighborhood on Nov. 23 of 2012, according to court documents.

The men stated that their daughters were asked to pet sit by their neighbor, Mark Nicholas Kawchak, 50, in his home on the 100 block of Hawthorne Lane, according to police.  While in the house, the girls found a silver handheld video camera that they had reportedly seen Kawchak conspicuously using around the neighborhood. Police say they played the recordings and were startled by what they saw.

The girls told police they saw footage of themselves playing in front of their homes and a lot of additional video of neighboring women, the court documents say. The video, the girls said, focused almost exclusively on the breast and buttocks of the women in question.

The girls also discovered photographs on the camera, several of which were of underwear belonging to the younger sister of one of the girls, and appeared to have been taken inside her bedroom, police report.

The father of the girl whose bedroom had been photographed told police, the report says, that he had given Kawchak a key years earlier, for emergency purposes, but had not given him permission to enter the home in a decade.

The girls provided Schuylkill Police with a list of names of the women they saw on the camera. After conducting interviews with these women, police applied for and received a warrant to search Kawchak’s home.

Chester County Detectives and Schuykill Police searched the home on Jan. 2, and recovered several video storage devices. According to court documents, during the search, Kawchak was interviewed, and admitted to entering his neighbors’ homes and photographing their underwear, according to court documents.

Authorities ultimately recovered 151 photos and 165 videos, court documents report. The images included numerous shots of underwear, and close ups of women's breast and groin areas, as the girls initially reported. One video depicted a nude women standing in front of her bathroom mirror, police say.

Mark Nicholas Kawchak was charged on March 1 with 17 counts of felony criminal trespassing, and numerous misdemeanors related to privacy violations and harassment. He was released from Chester County Prison on $35,000 bail and faces a preliminary hearing on Thursday.

harry finster March 07, 2013 at 11:08 AM
friend of yours harry? i bet you trained him.
larry sinister March 07, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Nice image, patch
HARLEY D March 07, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Laura Schwartz March 07, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Perhaps he was practicing for a photography job at Victoria's Secret. People do have the strangest obsessions.
Phil March 07, 2013 at 03:49 PM
This is a terrible situation for all involved. Let us not forget that the victims, his wife and children are also members of our community. Perhaps rather than posting disparaging remarks, some compassion for those affected would be more useful.
Joan Moore March 07, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Alright. Is the Patch just a daily police blotter? I've had it! I know this stuff happens in our town, and it is important for us in the community to be aware of it, but how about once a week, the headline is a positive story. Once a week. Not that hard.
John March 07, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Joan, Don't worry too much about Harry. He's a pedophile, who fled to California. I was able to identify him, and his life is about to get ummmmmm, interesting (maybe that's the best word). I've warned about staying away...he's too stupid to read the rest of the Patch that talks abotu the countless other stories here....but what can you expect from an admitted pedophile.
John March 07, 2013 at 07:26 PM
most of the victims are too old to be stalked by Harry.
hacker70 March 07, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Hey Fred Bretz - you still writing stuff about Vince Daher- he's been deceased for awhile so you can move on now-
Dead Horse Beater March 07, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Good job John, on un-masking this animal. However I do have to say, don't do anything illegal. That would be stooping to his level. However, his facebook profile and all his friends and family listed therein is public record...Maybe they need to know about how bad poppy bear has been acting.
DuffDog March 07, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Police blotter, food inspection reports, and press releases. Lather, rinse, repeat every day. This editor's phoning it in...
Luke March 08, 2013 at 12:25 PM
harry finster March 10, 2013 at 01:50 AM
there are many places much better than phoenixville move west
John March 10, 2013 at 04:03 AM
You would know Harry, you pedophile....sick freak
concerned citizen March 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM
why do you spew hatred? just be happy live your life and stop worrying about others, its sad and pathetic that you come back every day to comment on a town that you do not live in MOVE ON let us live our lives with out the burden of your hatred and negativity. thank you
phoenixvillereader March 12, 2013 at 04:15 PM
fairfax california


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