In June of this year, David Turkos, a former Dupont, Pennsylvania police officer, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor corruption of minors. Turkos, who has been free on a $50,000 bail, will be sentenced on Tuesday.
According to The Citizens’ Voice, Turkos pleaded guilty to the corruption charges in exchange for the withdrawal of other, more serious charges, including “involuntary sexual intercourse with a child and indecent assault of a person under 13.”
Depending on the outcome of Turkos’ sentencing, he could be the second generation of his family to end up in prison for molesting the same child.
Investigators say that Turkos repeatedly sexually assaulted two young boys over a period of seven years. One of the boys said that Turkos would choke him and use handcuffs and zip ties to restrain him. Turkos would also bribe the boys with toys and threaten them to keep them from reporting him. A police affidavit quotes Turkos as telling one of the boys:
‘I hope you die. You’re a piece of crap.’
One of the two boys that David Turkos victimized was also assaulted previously by David’s father, Joseph A. Turkos. Joseph was originally charged with child rape in 2013, but he also received a plea deal and admitted to a misdemeanor count of corruption of minors. He was sentenced in August 2014 to serve three months to five years in state prison.
David Turkos has faced charges in the past similar to the ones he is currently facing. In 2010, he was sentenced to six to 12 months in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility after he was accused of masturbating in front of three young boys.
He was also sentenced to six months of probation in 2008 after he assaulted his ex-wife and stepson during a domestic dispute. After he fractured his ex-wife’s arm, Turkos reportedly told her that she couldn’t do anything about it because he is “the law.”
Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis declined to provide The Citizens’ Voice with a comment on Turkos’ plea deal prior to his sentencing, saying she didn’t want to jeopardize the case.
A news report about Turkos’ most recent guilty plea can be seen below, courtesy of WNEP.
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.