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9-Year-Old Found Strangled In PA Church, Police Seek Tips 62 Years Later 9-Year-Old Found Strangled In PA Church, Police Seek Tips 62 Years Later
9-Year-Old Found Strangled In PA Church, Police Seek Tips 62 Years Later Pennsylvania State Police investigators are seeking tips in a 9-year-old girl's cold case murder.  Carol Ann Dougherty was found dead inside St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church in Bristol Borough on Oct. 22, 1962. She was strangled and had been sexually assaulted, according to troopers.  Police said Dougherty had stopped at the church while riding her bike to the library. She had stopped there to say a prayer, according to a report in the Bristol Courier-Times the day after her murder.  Then-Bristol Police Chief Vincent Faragalli called her killing "one of the most br…
PA Jehovah's Witness Elder Convicted Of Sexually Abusing Children PA Jehovah's Witness Elder Convicted Of Sexually Abusing Children
PA Jehovah's Witness Elder Convicted Of Sexually Abusing Children One of several Jehovah's Witnesses accused of child sexual abuse has been convicted, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office announced on Thursday, June 6.  Norman Aviles-Garriga, 44 of Lancaster County, molested at least three young children between the ages of five and ten, as Daily Voice previously reported. Aviles-Garriga's status as an elder in his congregation helped him gain the trust of many parents and afforded him access to their children, as initially noted. The abuse happened between 1999 and 2003 in Lancaster City, Attorney General Michelle Henry explained in this update…
PA Man Accused Of Raping Foster Children Could Have More Victims: State Police PA Man Accused Of Raping Foster Children Could Have More Victims: State Police
PA Man Accused Of Raping Foster Children Could Have More Victims: State Police The Pennsylvania State Police are concerned an accused child rapist may have more victims.  Frank Breneman, 71 of Lititz, is accused of raping and sexually assaulting two children for 12 years beginning when they were 4 and 11 years old, PSP Troop J announced on Thursday, June 6. He was arrested by the PSP Criminal Investigation Unit on charges of rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, statutory sexual assault, and indecent assault of a child on Wednesday, June 5, according to the release.  His two preliminary arraignment…
Convicted Quakertown Rapist To Spend Nearly 50 Years In Prison, DA Says Convicted Quakertown Rapist To Spend Nearly 50 Years In Prison, DA Says
Convicted Quakertown Rapist To Spend Nearly 50 Years In Prison, DA Says A Quakertown man was sentenced on Tuesday, May 28 for sexually assaulting two children, according to the District Attorney's Office.  Matias J. Martinez Morales will spend between 18.5 and 47 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release, prosecutors said in a release.  Authorities said they launched the investigation in November 2022 when a 16-year-old told Quakertown police that Martinez Morales raped her when she was 4. The victim told detectives he "threatened to kill her and her family if she told anyone," the DA's Office said.  A second victim told …
SENTENCED! Etown Man Who Carried Woman's Groceries Home Then Raped Her SENTENCED! Etown Man Who Carried Woman's Groceries Home Then Raped Her
Sentenced! Etown Man Who Carried Woman's Groceries Home Then Raped Her A 36-year-old Elizabethtown man has been sentenced after raping a woman he had just helped, the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office announced on Tuesday, May 28. Drew Deshong also known as Carlos Cartagena pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated indecent assault without consent, aggravated indecent assault – forcible compulsion, aggravated assault, strangulation, false identification to law enforcement, possession of methamphetamine, attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and indecent assault.  He was sentenced to serve 6 ½ to 13 years as set by Judge Dennis Reinaker…
Ex-Lancaster Cop Raped, Sexually Assaulted Multiple Youngsters In 1990s, Officials Say Ex-Lancaster Cop Raped, Sexually Assaulted Multiple Youngsters In 1990s, Officials Say
Ex-Lancaster Cop Raped, Sexually Assaulted Multiple Youngsters In 1990s, Officials Say Lancaster police have charged arrested two men with raping a 16-year-old victim in the city in 1997, one who was an officer tasked with the initial investigation. Andrew Selby, 54, and Roberto Rosario, 44, became the center of an investigation in March 2024, when Detective Sgt. Jessica Higgins was made aware of one alleged incident. Higgins spoke with a victim who detailed violent abuse by Rosario in Lancaster City in late 1997, police said. Selby, who was 28 at the time, responded to Lancaster General Hospital on Dec. 27, 1997, regarding the sexual assault by Rosario. The vi…
GUILTY: 9-Year-Old's Rapist Convicted After 30 Minutes Of Deliberation In LanCo, DA Says GUILTY: 9-Year-Old's Rapist Convicted After 30 Minutes Of Deliberation In LanCo, DA Says
Guilty: 9-Year-Old's Rapist Convicted After 30 Minutes Of Deliberation In LanCo, DA Says A Pennsylvania man has been convicted of rape charges after a two-day trial and 30 minutes of jury deliberations this week, authorities announced. Timothy Barker, 48, of Leola, was between the age of 40 and 44 at the time of the abuse, which began in 2018 when Barker was in a caregiving role to the victim, the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office said. Barker told the victim he wanted to “teach her how to use her body correctly," according to the DA's office. The victim disclosed the abuse when she was 17 and was interviewed in 2023 by the Lancaster County Children’s Alliance af…
GOT HER! PA Mom, Accused Child Rapist, Arrested On Incest Charges: DA GOT HER! PA Mom, Accused Child Rapist, Arrested On Incest Charges: DA
GOT HER! PA Mom, Accused Child Rapist, Arrested On Incest Charges: DA A registered sex offender is back behind bars after allegedly threatening his grandchildren with a gun. His daughter — who is also accused of incest with her children — who was at large for weeks was arrested on May 8, according to court documents obtained by Daily Voice and an updated release by the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office on Friday, May 10. The warrant for the arrest of Sarah Lee Miller, also known as Sara Souder, was announced on her 35th birthday, May 8, court records show. Her last known address was in Nanticoke, Luzerne County. She was taken into cust…
Texas Man Accused Of Rape Extradited To Pennsylvania: Chambersburg Police Texas Man Accused Of Rape Extradited To Pennsylvania: Chambersburg Police
Texas Man Accused Of Rape Extradited To Pennsylvania: Chambersburg Police A man accused of raping a girl in Pennsylvania who was arrested in Texas has finally been extradited for his trial, police announced on Monday, May 6.  Carlos Martinez-Franco was arrested on a warrant in Conroe, TX on March 4, 2024, according to the police release.  The charge stems from an alleged assault in the 200 block of East Liberty Street/US Route 11 in Chambersburg on July 12, 2016, court records show.  A warrant for the following charges was issued on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, the police said and court records confirmed: Felony Rape Forcible Compulsion. Felony …
PA Church Youth Leader Accused Of Molesting Child At McDonald’s: Affidavit PA Church Youth Leader Accused Of Molesting Child At McDonald’s: Affidavit
PA Church Youth Leader Accused Of Molesting Child At McDonald’s: Affidavit A 76-year-old church volunteer took three youth group members shopping and to lunch at McDonald's and ended up with police storming his home, as detailed in court documents obtained by Daily Voice.  Roy Andrews of the 4900 block Raudabaugh Road in Mechanicsburg was the youth leader for a Hispanic church in Harrisburg called “Iglesia La Fuenta” from 2014 through 2022, the police explained in a release. When attendance at the church declined, Andrews began volunteering his Sundays to drive children to a sister church in Mechanicsburg, according to the affidavit of probable cause.&nbs…
Russian Man Accused Of Raping 5 Girls In Lititz: Affidavit Russian Man Accused Of Raping 5 Girls In Lititz: Affidavit
Russian Man Accused Of Raping 5 Girls In Lititz: Affidavit A Russian man caring for five young girls in Lititz is accused of raping them numerous times beginning in 2006 and ending in 2021, according to court documents obtained by Daily Voice.  In 2006, while the girls' father was unable to care for them, 52-year-old Vladimir Stanislavo Sayevskiy began raising them in his home in the first block of South Heck Road, Warwick Township, Lititz, Northern York County Regional Police Detective Matthew Hinkle explained in the criminal complaint. Before each of the girls turned 13 years old they were sexually assaulted in the bathrooms, bedro…
PA Amish Dad Accused Of Incest: Affidavit PA Amish Dad Accused Of Incest: Affidavit
PA Amish Dad Accused Of Incest: Affidavit An Amish father has been charged with 15 felonies and 3 misdemeanors for raping and sexually assaulting four of his daughters over 18 years, as detailed by Ephrata Police Detective Beth Rivera in court documents obtained by Daily Voice on April 17.  On March 20, 2024, Amos Ebersol, 59 of the 500 block of South Fairmont Road, Ephrata, was charged with the following, according to his court docket: Felony Rape (three counts). Felony Incest (three counts). Felony Aggravated Indecent Assault with a person under 16 years of age (three counts). Felony Contact or Communication with a Minor - …
Pennsylvania Man Raped Child Under 9 Years Old: DA Pennsylvania Man Raped Child Under 9 Years Old: DA
Pennsylvania Man Raped Child Under 9 Years Old: DA A Reading man was convicted on multiple charges including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child in a Lancaster County court this week, according to the District Attorney's Office.  Joel Villarreal, 44, was found guilty after one hour of jury deliberations, prosecutors said in a release.  Authorities said Villarreal abused a victim "on numerous occasions" between 2018 and 2020, when she was between 7 and 9 years old. The assaults happened at two addresses in Lancaster while he was "n a position to care for the victim," the DA's Office said.  “(The vict…
Infant Suffers Broken Bones From Sexual Abuse By Soldier, PA State Police Say Infant Suffers Broken Bones From Sexual Abuse By Soldier, PA State Police Say
Infant Suffers Broken Bones From Sexual Abuse By Soldier, PA State Police Say A 13-month-old baby girl is receiving treatment at the Hershey Medical Center after a brutal rape left her with broken bones. A man who is a York City Police Officer and US Army National Guard Calvary Scout has been arrested on charges in connection with the infant's sexual assault, Pennsylvania State Police announced late on Tuesday, April 16.  The 28-year-old officer and soldier, Steven Kyle Cugini turned himself in at PSP Lykens Stations following an investigation that began when the baby girl's injuries were noticed by the staff at the Halifax YMCA Daycare on Monday, April 15, a det…
Harrisburg Man Accused Of Raping Child Days After Domestic Assault: Police Harrisburg Man Accused Of Raping Child Days After Domestic Assault: Police
Harrisburg Man Accused Of Raping Child Days After Domestic Assault: Police A 45-year-old man has been charged with multiple felonies in connection with the sexual assault of a child, Harrisburg police announced on Monday afternoon.  Jose Angel Soto Jr. of Wynnewood Road, Harrisburg, was arrested on the following charges on April 15, according to the police and confirmed by court documents: Felony Aggravated Indecent Assault - Complainant Less Than 16 Years Old (two counts).  Felony Unlawful Contact With Minor - Sexual Offenses. Felony Corruption Of Minors - Defendant Age 18 or Above. Misdemeanor Indecent Assault Person Less 16 Years of Age (tw…
COLD CASE: PA Teen Was Stabbed, Beaten, And Dumped In Backyard COLD CASE: PA Teen Was Stabbed, Beaten, And Dumped In Backyard
Cold CASE: PA Teen Was Stabbed, Beaten, And Dumped In Backyard Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a Delaware County murder that took place more than 50 years ago.  Joann Jackson was 18 years old when police found her body in a backyard off of Rose Tree Road in Middletown, according to state police and contemporary media accounts.  Her remains were discovered by children playing near a pine bush on Thursday, Aug. 16, 1973, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that week. Investigators told the newspaper she had been beaten, stabbed in the neck, sexually assaulted, and strangled.  Jackson was last seen alive by her father two d…
PA Child Rapist Who Hid Ex-GF's Daughter's Body In Freezer Sentenced: DA PA Child Rapist Who Hid Ex-GF's Daughter's Body In Freezer Sentenced: DA
PA Child Rapist Who Hid Ex-GF's Daughter's Body In Freezer Sentenced: DA A 40-year-old registered sex offender has admitted to raping his ex-girlfriend and her daughter before killing the 12-year-old and hiding her body in a freezer, the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office announced on Friday, March. 1.  Jason Shackelford, of the 500 block of Avenue H in Columbia, PA, "admitted guilt on charges of first-degree murder, rape of a child, two counts of rape, three counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, four counts of sexual assault, and strangulation," the DA stated in the release.  Elaina Smith of Columbia Borough was raped, strang…
Philadelphia Man Raped Child, Chester County Court Finds Philadelphia Man Raped Child, Chester County Court Finds
Philadelphia Man Raped Child, Chester County Court Finds A Philadelphia man was convicted on multiple felony counts including rape and indecent assault of a child in a Chester County court on Wednesday, Feb. 28, authorities say.  Gregory Shamberger, 59, first came under investigation in August 2021, Parkesburg police wrote in a release. Detectives said he sexually assaulted the victim multiple times. Chester County detectives assisted Parkesburg police in the investigation, the department said.  Shamberger was remanded to the Chester County Prison pending his formal sentencing hearing, authorities added. 
GUILTY! Two Students Had 'Sexual Relationships' With Elizabethtown School Staff, DA Says GUILTY! Two Students Had 'Sexual Relationships' With Elizabethtown School Staff, DA Says
Guilty! Two Students Had 'Sexual Relationships' With Elizabethtown School Staff, DA Says A 38-year-old former Elizabethtown school district employee has pleaded guilty in connection to sexual relationships with two middle school boys, the Lancaster District Attorney's Office announced on Wednesday, Feb. 28.  Megan Carlisle, of the first block of Greenleaf Lane, pleaded guilty before Lancaster County Judge Dennis Reinaker for the following charges:  Felony involuntary deviate sexual intercourse (two counts). Felony statutory sexual assault victim (two counts). Felony unlawful contact with a minor obscene or sexually explicit (two counts). Felony unlawful con…
VA Man Who Came To PA For Sex With Child Stays For Prison Sentence: DA VA Man Who Came To PA For Sex With Child Stays For Prison Sentence: DA
VA Man Who Came To PA For Sex With Child Stays For Prison Sentence: DA A Virginia man who pleaded guilty in connection to traveling to Pennsylvania to have sex with a child has been sentenced, the Lancaster County District Attorney's office announced on Tuesday, Feb. 20.  Tanner Iskra, 38 of the 2100 block of Harpoon Drive, Stafford, VA, pleaded guilty in Sept. 2023 to attempted statutory sexual assault (11 years older), attempted corruption of minors, and criminal use of a communication facility, DA Heather Adams detailed in the release.  Iskra was sentenced to 11-23 months in prison, eight years of probation, and he must register as a sex offender …
PA Man Wanted For Rape, Sexual Assault, Incest: Police PA Man Wanted For Rape, Sexual Assault, Incest: Police
PA Man Wanted For Rape, Sexual Assault, Incest: Police Authorities are looking for 38-year-old Benicio Antoin Benifield.  Benifield is wanted in Palmer Township on charges of felony rape, sexual assault of a victim under 13, incest, and multiple related counts, according to the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers.  Court records claim the crimes took place in November 2018.  Investigators believe he may be in or around Macungie or Allentown.  Benifield is described as 5 feet tall and 225 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information should call Palmer Township Police at 610-759-2200 or submit an anonymous tip…
Support Surges For Manheim Mom's Girls As Murder Suspect Husband's Mugshot Is Released Support Surges For Manheim Mom's Girls As Murder Suspect Husband's Mugshot Is Released
Support Surges For Manheim Mom's Girls As Murder Suspect Husband's Mugshot Is Released The mugshot of a husband suspected of sexually assaulting and murdering his wife has been released by police as the community rallies for children living in their home on Friday following a three-day manhunt.  A mugshot of a bloodied and bruised, Matthew Scott Harrison, 48 of Manheim, originally of Hellam, was shared by the Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department on Feb. 9.  Harrison had been on the run since an 11-year-old child who lives in their home, came back from school to find his wife, Jami Harrison, strangled to death on Monday, Feb. 5, ac…
Man Accused Of Raping Girls, There Maybe More Victims, Lebanon County DA Says Man Accused Of Raping Girls, There Maybe More Victims, Lebanon County DA Says
Man Accused Of Raping Girls, There Maybe More Victims, Lebanon County DA Says A 34-year-old man is accused of sexually assaulting three children and raping at least one girl – and he may have more victims, the Lebanon County District Attorney Pier Hess Graf announced on Friday, Feb. 9. Jason Shirk has been arrested on charges related to the sexual assault of three young children beginning in 2015, court records show.  Lebanon County Detectives began their investigation when two of the girls came forward in 022. "Since that time, a third victim has come forward to state that Jason Shirk sexually abused her," the DA noted in her release.  Independently, all…
Middletown HS Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault For Rubbing Student In Leggings: Affidavit Middletown HS Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault For Rubbing Student In Leggings: Affidavit
Middletown HS Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault For Rubbing Student In Leggings: Affidavit A teacher and coach has been charged with sexual assault for a series of bizarre incidents — including one where a girl wore leggings in his class, court documents obtained by Daily Voice detail.  Zachary Agustin Cerrone, 33 of Wellsboro, was charged on Thursday with two counts each of institutional sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, and corruption of minors, as well as three counts of indecent assault related to incidents at Middletown Area High School, the Lower Swatara Township police announced on Friday, Feb. 9.  The charges stem from an investigation in the …
Child Found Manheim Mom Murdered, Manhunt For Husband Continues: Affidavit Child Found Manheim Mom Murdered, Manhunt For Husband Continues: Affidavit
Child Found Manheim Mom Murdered, Manhunt For Husband Continues: Affidavit New details have been released about a mom's murder as a manhunt continues for her husband. ***UPDATE: MATTHEW HARRISON Was CAPTURED On Thursday evening, Feb. 8; CLICK HERE TO READ OUR FULL REPORT*** ORIGINAL REPORT: Matthew Scott Harrison, 48 of Manheim, originally of Hellam, is on the run after his wife was found dead by a child on Monday, Feb. 5, according to court documents obtained by Daily Voice. Jami Harrison's daughter told police that her mom and her husband Matthew Harrison argued on Friday, Feb. 2, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Matthew had separated from his wi…
'Sexually Violent Predator' Sentenced For Making PA 6-Year-Old Girl's Life 'Nightmare': DA 'Sexually Violent Predator' Sentenced For Making PA 6-Year-Old Girl's Life 'Nightmare': DA
'Sexually Violent Predator' Sentenced For Making PA 6-Year-Old Girl's Life 'Nightmare': DA A diagnosed "sexually violent predator" who raped a girl for nearly a decade — turning her childhood into a "nightmare"— is heading to prison for up 87 years, the Lancaster District Attorney's Office announced on Tuesday, Feb. 8.  Miguel Morciglio-Figueroa, 42 of the 300 block of North Franklin Street, Lancaster City, raped a now 19-year-old woman starting when she was six until she was 15 years old, the DA's office detailed in the initial release and as Daily Voice previously reported.  During the trial, Morciglio-Figueroa was "determined to be a sexually violent p…
10+ Years Of PA Girl's Assaults By Texas Step-Dad For 'Privileges' Ends With Conviction: DA 10+ Years Of PA Girl's Assaults By Texas Step-Dad For 'Privileges' Ends With Conviction: DA
10+ Years Of PA Girl's Assaults By Texas Step-Dad For 'Privileges' Ends With Conviction: DA A decade of sexual assaults by a step-dad that denied a girl "privileges" unless she complied, has ended with his conviction on Feb. 1.  Joseph "Joe" Peter Tondo of Rosharon, Texas sexually assaulted his Southampton Township, Pennsylvania, step-daughter, for over a decade, the Cumberland County District Attorney's office explained in a release on Feb. 2.  Starting when she was 14 years old, the graphic "oral, anal, and vaginal sex" began she explained during the three-day trial. She noted that the sex acts were "required" by Tondo as part of an "agreement" system he devised for he…
Man Charged Walmart Employee Sexually Assault in Philly, Police Say Man Charged Walmart Employee Sexually Assault in Philly, Police Say
Man Charged Walmart Employee Sexually Assault in Philly, Police Say A man has been charged following a sexual assault at a Walmart, Philadelphia Police announced on Friday, Feb. 2. Corey Lamar Elickson of the 1700 block of North 32nd Street, has been charged with Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Indecent Assault, and related offenses in connection with the indecent assault of an employee in the South Philly Walmart store on Jan. 8, according to the PPD release. The police believed the man (pictured) "is responsible for a sexual assault against an employee at the Walmart" as stated in a release. The 21-year-old surrendered to PPD on Thursd…
Infant Child Porn Among 2K+ Images Found On Manheim Man Also Charged In Cold Case: DA Infant Child Porn Among 2K+ Images Found On Manheim Man Also Charged In Cold Case: DA
Infant Child Porn Among 2K+ Images Found On Manheim Man Also Charged In Cold Case: DA A search warrant at the home of a man — charged in a cold case of sexual assault of two children — led the Pennsylvania State Police to over two thousand images of child pornography, the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office announced on Tuesday, Jan. 23.  Eric Dorwart, 54, of the 500 block of Pleasure Road in Manheim Township has been charged for the second time in three months for sexually assaulting children, the DA explained.  Dorwart was matched by DNA to the cold case assault of a boy and girl on West Newport Road, Gordonville, Leacock on April 4th, 1997, acc…
Lebanon Mom Allegedly Recorded Video Of Her 7-Year-Old Girl's  Rape, DA Says Lebanon Mom Allegedly Recorded Video Of Her 7-Year-Old Girl's  Rape, DA Says
Lebanon Mom Allegedly Recorded Video Of Her 7-Year-Old Girl's Rape, DA Says The mom who supposedly found a video of her 7-year-old daughter being sexually assaulted is now accused of making the recording herself, the Lebanon County District Attorney explained in a release on Tuesday.  In a joint release by Lebanon County District Attorney Pier Hess Graf and Chief County Detective Jonathan Hess it was announced that the mother of the girl who was allegedly raped by Edward Lee Williams, Ariel Hiestand, has been charged in connection with the abuse.  The release stated that when she "became aware of the abuse at the hands of Edward Williams [... she] to…
Philly Ex-Con Forced Captive Girls Into Prostitution At NJ Hotels: Indictment Philly Ex-Con Forced Captive Girls Into Prostitution At NJ Hotels: Indictment
Philly Ex-Con Forced Captive Girls Into Prostitution At NJ Hotels: Indictment An ex-con who was captured after a 15-year-old victim escaped from a South Jersey hotel room was indicted on a host of charges that include human trafficking, promoting prostitution and sexually assaulting minors, authorities announced on Thursday. Nieem Johnson, 40, whose last known address was in Philadelphia, was arrested in Atlantic City last Aug. 31 following a months-long state investigation, New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin said. A second victim was rescued during the arrest, Platkin said in a Jan. 18 release. “The allegations in the indictment – holding two victims in a…