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Southold cops: Man caught peeping into living room window

Southold Town Police have arrested an alleged peeping Tom who they said was caught spying on a Greenport woman as she slept on her living room couch Friday morning.

Police said the victim was asleep at her home on Main Street at 4 a.m. when James Lawrence, 37, of Greenport, used a stick to push the curtain away from a living room window and peek inside. The victim recognized Lawrence and shouted at him before he ran away, police said.

Authorities found Lawrence Friday night and charged him with criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor.

This is not the first time Lawrence has been accused of peeping on Greenport residents.

Southold police said Lawrence was charged with criminal trespassing after he allegedly looked into the first-floor windows of several homes on First Street in April 2012. Sentencing information on that case was not immediately available.

In April 2010, Lawrence was charged with second-degree burglary and public lewdness after he whistled at two young girls, threw pebbles at their window and "unlawfully entered" their home -- where he exposed himself to them, police said. He was sentenced to one year in jail, according to court records.

Records also show Lawrence was sentenced to 7 years in prison for a 1998 burglary in Greenport.

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