DA Says Not Enough Corroborating Evidence To File Charges Against Police Chief, Bristol Woman Says
On Thursday, a woman who accused Bristol Borough Chief of Police Joe Moors of sexually assaulting her in January of this year, said, the investigation of her accusations that were brought to light by a letter written to officials by Borough Police Officer Ritchie Webb two weeks ago has been closed.
“Today was one of the most humiliating and embarrassing days of my life …. was just told by ADA Ed Luka (sic), Moors will not be charged. ” said Heather Storey in a social media post.
Since the letter authored by Webb, which supports Storey’s sexual assault allegations, was published on Facebook two weeks ago, Lower Bucks Source has been working to obtain documentation and interview sources about the allegations and the only on the record comment coming from outside of the main subjects came from Mayor Ralph DiGuiseppe III.
He confirmed Webb did write the letter and that borough officials have seen it too.
In response to Storey’s demands for an investigation of Moors, the mayor said, “We can’t investigate our own staff. Its a conflict of interest.”
He said he could not say anything more about Webb accusing Moors and officer Elifa Soto, of “intimidating, threatening, and harassing locals,” as the letter alleged.
“My hands are tied”, he said when it comes to commenting, “about borough police staff. Have to wait and see what the DA’s office, says.“
DiGuiseppe did not return a call from this news organization, Thursday night but a voicemail was left.
Late Thursday afternoon, the publication contacted DA Matt Weintraub’s office about the allegations and alleged decision to decline filing a case against Moors or Soto. Spokesman Manuel Gamiz said Weintraub won’t be in the office until next week, but will forward him the message. LBS followed up by sending a copy of Storey’s social media statement.
Moors was asked if he had any comment and provided a one word response. “No”
Webb, a veteran cop for decades in Bristol Borough, previously sued the municipality after he reported fellow officer Sam Anderson had sexually assaulted Joanne Cipressi. Webb reported the incident to his superiors. Anderson pled guilty to official suppression- “using his badge for sex” after he was fired in 2009, serving three months of a three to 23 month sentence.
Webb said he was jeopardized and tormented because of his testimony against Anderson by Bristol officials. He was awarded $440,000 and Cipressi $385,000 when they settled their suits with the Borough in 2013.
As publisher/editor of LevittownNow.com in 2013 this writer co-authored a three part series detailing “the hell” Webb went through those years. It is how Storey came to decide to share her “sexual assault” story with Webb earlier this year.
Webb’s letter alleges Moors intimidated or harassed four Bristol residents. Soto, he says, terrorzied at least two Bristol residents.
There was no mention of Soto in Storey’s latest post.
Webb’s letter was addressed not only to the DA’s office but to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office, Borough Council members, his attorney Lou Hornstine (who did not respond to a request for comment on June 11) and “the media”. Webb also did not respond to this publication’s attempts to reach him.
LBS contacted Storey for the first time on June 10 requesting an interview. She replied, eight days later saying she would love the opportunity “to tell her story.” LBS replied minutes later, offering any opportunity that works best for her. She responded that she would have to get back to LBS “in the am.” We agreed on that and that was our last communication. This past Monday Lower Bucks Source reached out to Storey again and there was no response.
That in no way should reflect badly on Storey in any way. Sharing details of any experience in which a person believes they were violated with a stranger is no small feat.
The invitation remains open to Storey or anyone who believes they’ve been violated by a public official or anyone else for that matter.
Without providing identifying details, Lower Bucks Source has been contacted several times over the last six months by individuals alleging elected or appointed officials in the Lower Bucks County area have at the very least harassed them. Those individuals, for their own reasons, decided not to pursue the matter further.
Moors was named Police Chief 14 months ago, and has been with the department for 30 years. Webb joined the department about 24 years ago. Soto has served for at least 15 years, according to news stories.