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An Overview of Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Laws

In Pennsylvania, state law protects all people equally when it comes to sexual assault and rape, regardless of the relationship between the alleged offender and the victim. For example, there are no exceptions for a rape that occurs within a marriage. Sexual assault occurs when a person forces someone else to engage in sexual acts… Read More »

What to Know About Embezzlement Cases in Pennsylvania

Embezzlement is a subcategory of theft that involves a person entrusted to manage the money of another individual or an organization stealing some or all that money for personal profit. The defendant in this case would have had legal access to the money, but not ownership of it. There are many different scenarios in which… Read More »

Could You Go to Jail for Shoplifting in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, a shoplifting conviction can result in serious penalties, including large fines and jail time. The shoplifter could also potentially face a civil lawsuit from the victim. Pennsylvania state law refers to shoplifting as “retail theft.” This crime occurs when a person takes any piece of merchandise from a retailer without paying the full… Read More »

What Is the Difference Between Residential and Commercial Burglary?

Many people have misconceptions about what constitutes a burglary and how the law views the burglary of a home versus that of an office. Burglary occurs when a person enters a building for the purpose of committing a crime, but there are some exceptions: the building cannot be abandoned, it cannot be open to the… Read More »

Montandon, PA Pastor Arrested on Internet Child Pornography Charges

The pastor of the Montandon Baptist Church was recently arrested and charged with 20 felony counts in connection with child pornography images traded via the internet. Thomas Mile Marker, 58, has been arraigned on nine felony counts of disseminating child pornography, 10 felony counts of possessing child pornography, and one felony count of criminal use… Read More »

Will Alleged Chop Shop in Orwigsburg Implicate Innocent Customers?

Orwigsburg police report they arrested a man believed to be running an automotive chop shop out of a local garage on Thursday, October 13. Although this may be good news for local car owners feeling nervous after a recent rash of thefts, it could prove worrisome for innocent folks who might have unwittingly benefited from… Read More »

U.S. Marshals Service Captures Scranton Shooting Subject

The U.S. Marshals Service recently announced that its Fugitive Task Force arrested a suspect in a daylight shooting in Scranton, PA. Nyriq Johnson, 21, was at liberty for just one day before Deputy U.S. Marshals, task force officers, and members of the Scranton Police Department located and arrested him without incident. Johnson is charged with… Read More »

Ephrata Dad Allegedly Admits Supplying Heroin to Teen Daughter

The father of a 16-year-old Ephrata, PA girl who overdosed on heroin has admitted to buying the drug and giving it to his daughter, according to the police complaint. Kerry Lynn Long, 35, also of Ephrata, was charged with aggravated assault, corruption of a minor, endangering the welfare of a child, and possession with intent… Read More »

Youth Pastor’s Affair with Teen Results in More Than 160 Charges

A 35-year-old youth pastor in New Paris, PA, whose seven-month-long affair with a 15-year-old student resulted in her becoming pregnant, now faces more than 160 charges of sexual assault. Wesley Blackburn, a married father of five and youth pastor at the Faith Brethren Bible Church, reportedly confessed the relationship to his wife and asked for… Read More »

Does a Prosecutor or Criminal Defense Lawyer have an obligation to ask for a STAY of Civil Action pending a resolution of Criminal Charges?

The answer should be obvious, YES. However, this is far from the reality. In fact the prevailing opinion from DA’s is: “It’s your headache”. Even more frightening is the fact that more than a few Prosecutors and District Attorneys are not even aware of the fact they have both the standing and authority to walk… Read More »