Springetts man accused of repeatedly exposing himself to neighbor

A Springettsbury Township man is accused of repeatedly exposing himself to a neighbor as well as sending her harassing notes over a period of months last year.

Township police say Gordon W. Bell's neighbor had seen him naked or partially clothed through his window about 50 times, and each time he was either masturbating, touching himself or rubbing his stomach.

Bell, 57, of Crown Pointe Drive, faces charges of two counts each of indecent exposure and open lewdness and one count each of harassment, stalking and distributing obscene materials.

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History: Police say Bell asked his neighbor out on a date in 2008, but she was not interested. He moved out of the complex that year but returned around 2011, court documents state. 

He began taping notes to her door asking to be her significant other, signed "your white male secret admirer," officials said. 

The notes came off and on from 2011 to 2013 but stopped in 2013, court documents state. 

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Notes return: They started again in April 2017, when a note showed up at her door with statements similar to those contained in the older messages, police said. Officials say the new notes were signed "white male secret admirer."

A note that was almost exactly the same showed up on her door in October as well, court documents allege.

Another letter, found in December, was three pages long and contained sexually explicit language and detailed sexual acts Bell wanted to perform on the woman, police said.

The letter also contained images cut from a pornographic magazine, along with pictures of feet in high heels, and it was again signed "your white male secret admirer," court documents state.

The victim had seen Bell naked in the upper window of his residence, masturbating, while she was outside just two days before, according to police. The victim, police said, had seen him doing something like that while naked or partially clothed more than 50 times.

The victim believed Bell's actions were directed at her because no one else was outside at the time, documents state.

Police say the victim couldn't ignore the notes or actions because the behavior kept escalating. 

Investigation: Detective Chad Moyer looked at the notes collected by the victim and was able to compare the letters with Bell's handwriting, and he determined that the writings were similar, charging documents state.

In late January, police spoke to Bell, who admitted to being naked in the windows at least one or two times a week, officials said. He also admitted to performing "specific acts" while in the window, court documents state.

Initially Bell denied writing any of the notes, but after seeing all of the notes he admitted to writing them, police said. 

Charges for Bell were filed last month. Bell has a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 4 at District Judge Barry Bloss Jr.'s office.

A message left for his attorney seeking comment Tuesday, March 13, was not immediately returned. 

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.