Press release from the Ottumwa Police Department
(OTTUMWA, Iowa) - Since December of 2009, the Ottumwa Police Department has received numerous reports of a peeping tom on the southwest side of Ottumwa. As a result, the Department set up electronic surveillance equipment at several locations in the area. The peeping tom suspect was caught on digital recording several times in the act of looking into a window of an occupied residence. After identifying the suspect and establishing a pattern of his criminal activity, investigators began conducting physical surveillance of the area during the first week of February.
On February 19, 2010 at approximately 10:45 PM, investigators were conducting surveillance and observed the suspect look into the bedroom window of a house in the Silverwood Lane area. Investigators approached the suspect, identified themselves, and a foot pursuit followed. Investigators caught the suspect and took him into custody behind Wildwood School located at 438 McKinley Avenue.
As a result, police charged 32-year-old Ryan Joshua Zwer of 305 North Iowa Avenue, Apartment #2, Ottumwa, with Trespass, Peeping Tom and Interference with Official Acts. Zwer posted bond later that evening and then appeared in Magistrate Court on February 22nd where he pled guilty to all three charges. Zwer was fined a total of $450.00 plus court costs.
On February 22nd, Zwer was arrested at the police station on additional charges of Trespass (four counts), Peeping Tom (three counts), and Invasion of Privacy (one count). Invasion of Privacy is a serious misdemeanor while the other charges are simple misdemeanors. Zwer posted bond pending trial on the additional charges.
Zwer has previously been convicted in Iowa of Theft 1st Degree, Probation Violation, Escape, Theft 4th Degree, Interference With Official Acts, Trespass, Indecent Exposure, Assault On A Peace Officer, and Violation of a No Contact Order. He has also been convicted in Missouri with Assault 3rd Degree and Sexual Misconduct 2nd Degree.