A former Northampton Township supervisor and his girlfriend were sentenced to jail Thursday for their “mission” to get a coworker drunk on spiked wine and take sexually explicit photos of her, capping a bizarre Bucks County saga that generated headlines across the country.
County Court Judge Brian T. McGuffin sentenced Lawrence Weinstein, 45, to 11½ to 23 months in jail, and Kelly Drucker, 46, to 9-to-23 months in jail. He ordered both to also serve five years of probation.
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The pair pleaded guilty in October to violating the state wiretapping act by using a hidden camera and “spy glasses" to take the lewd photos, as well as conspiracy, false imprisonment, reckless endangerment, and invasion of privacy. They will also have to register as sex offenders for 15 years.
In explaining his sentence, McGuffin praised the victim, who testified Thursday, saying her willingness to come forward prevented other women from being victimized.
He in turn called Weinstein and Drucker’s actions a “sick betrayal of trust of this nice woman.”
“The planning that went into this, the deception, the manipulation to ensure your depraved desires were met that evening, those texts, you can’t escape them,” McGuffin said.
Their scheme was revealed in August 2018, when Drucker’s ex-husband discovered text messages outlining the couple’s “mission,” as Weinstein called it, on an old cellphone Drucker had given to their daughter.
The victim later told police she remembered spending the night at Drucker’s home and feeling sick the next morning. She had no idea the couple had taken photos of her until she was contacted by police.
The two had conspired in November 2017 to lure the victim to Drucker’s home after dinner at a nearby restaurant in Northampton. At the home, Drucker secretly poured potent grain alcohol into the woman’s wine. When the woman became ill, Weinstein ordered Drucker to take photos of her using a camera mounted in the bathroom, as well as “spy glasses” that had hidden cameras built into them.
“Go help her with lights on and glasses on and get her naked!!!” he wrote, among hundreds of messages pressuring Drucker to remove the victim’s clothing. “I will reward you.”
In court Thursday, Weinstein took a much different tone, telling the victim he was “horrendously sorry."
“I’m disgusted, shocked, stunned I could’ve sent those messages," he said. “But those callous messages were sent.”
Weinstein’s attorney, William Goldman, said Thursday that while his client has taken full responsibility for his actions, a traumatic brain injury from 2017 caused significant changes in his behavior. He has become more erratic and impulsive, Goldman said, and believes that the injury, along with other ailments, had him depressed, fearing he was close to death.
Goldman ultimately argued against Weinstein’s being sent to jail, saying he has already received a “lifetime sentence of embarrassment” due to media coverage of the case.
“The sentence of Mr. Weinstein began at his arrest," Goldman said in court. “The sentencing has continued every day since then."
But McGuffin vehemently disagreed.
“I can’t get past the actions," the judge said. "To let you folks walk out of here on probation would significantly depreciate the consequences of your actions.”
Weinstein also pleaded no contest to invasion of privacy in an unrelated incident from 2012 uncovered by detectives investigating this case, in which he took naked photos of a seemingly unconscious woman.
He resigned from his position in Northampton Township amid the investigation. He also left his job at an Ardmore law firm and had his law license revoked.
Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Schorn, the lead prosecutor in the case, said the victim’s life was turned “upside down” by Weinstein and Drucker.