The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Unity man with peering into a woman’s bedroom window while she was sleeping early March 4.

Police summoned Scott Dodge, 38, of Unity for invasion of privacy, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. After further investigation, the man has also been arrested in connection with two cases from August and September 2009, one of which involved stealing women’s undergarments, according to Chief Deputy Bob Keating of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 1 a.m. March 4, police received a complaint of a man looking into a bedroom window at a woman’s residence on Windemere Lane.

“The woman had gone to bed… she thought she heard a noise and looked and saw a male face peering in the window,” Keating said.

Startled, the woman called her mother, who then called 911, the chief deputy said.

Sgt. Dale Brown and Deputy David Mushrall responded to the home and found fresh footprints outside the window. Maine State Police Trooper Shawn Porter and his K-9 Tex were contacted and brought in to track the prints.

Porter and Tex were able to track the suspect to a neighboring property on Bangor Road.

During the day March 4, Detectives Jason Bosco and Matt Curtis went to Dodge’s residence to follow up on the earlier complaint. The two detectives had investigated similar complaints in the late summer of 2009.

As a result, Dodge was arrested and charged with aggravated criminal trespass for an incident on Aug. 2, 2009. Keating said it is alleged that Dodge broke into a home through a window and rummaged through bureau drawers.

He also was charged with burglary and theft for an incident on Sept. 8, 2009. Police said that Dodge lifted up a screen to a bedroom window of a home on Windemere Lane and stole women’s undergarments, Keating said.

One article stolen in the September incident was recovered, police said.

Further invasion of privacy charges are expected in the case. Keating said there may be other, similar incidents.