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Bensalem Man Pleads Out in Sextortion Cases

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A  Bensalem man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to sexually extorting 15 victims including one woman who killed herself.

Ian Pisarchuk, 26, of the 3600 block of Skyline Drive admitted that for four years he used anonymous Snapchat accounts to threaten and torment dozens of females, some as young as 12 years old, into sending him sexually explicit photos and videos.

He appeared before President Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. to plead guilty to multiple counts each of enticing a minor to produce child pornography, possession of child pornography, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors, sexual extortion, stalking, terroristic threats, harassment, and cyber harassment of a child.

Combined, he pleaded guilty to 67 counts. His sentencing was deferred for 90 days as he undergoes an evaluation by the Sex Offender Assessment Board.

Pisarchuk was first charged on June 8, 2021, with the sexual extortion of six victims, one of them only 12 years old.

After a news conference to announce his arrest and further investigation by Bensalem Township Detectives Aaron Woelkers and Ryan Kolb, nine more victims were identified, and additional charges were filed on July 27.

The investigation into Pisarchuk began in late 2020 when a juvenile victim came forward to say she was being harassed on Snapchat by someone threatening that he had nude pictures of her and was going to post them online.

The investigation led detectives to an IP address linked to Pisarchuk.

A forensic examination of Pisarchuk’s phone yielded dozens of sexually explicit photos and videos of both juveniles and adults, as well as information directing them to several additional victims.

One of the victims identified was 21-year-old Lindsey Piccone.

In court Tuesday, Assistant District Attorney Brittney Kern said Lindsey Piccone was reported missing by her parents on Sept. 6, 2016. Lindsey left a note behind that said she had been contacted by an unknown Snapchat user on Sept. 5, 2016, who threatened to ruin her life, expose her, and blackmail her.

In her note, Lindsey wrote that “before someone else ruins my life, I’m ruining mine,” Kern said.

Lindsey was found deceased nearly two months later in Tyler State Park and her death was ruled a suicide.

In 2021, Bensalem Township Detectives were able to determine that Ian Pisarchuk had messaged Lindsey repeatedly on Sept. 5, 2016, through an anonymous Snapchat account, demanding that she send him nude photographs. If she didn’t, he threatened he would ruin her life, Kern said.

After she sent him photos, Pisarchuk said he would be contacting her again the next day.

Further forensic analysis of the Pisarchuk’s electronic devices and the cooperation of nine additional victims as young as 14 years old led to more charges in July.

The investigation determined that Pisarchuk would seek to build rapport with the victims before threatening to expose or do harm to them or others if they did not comply with his demands for sexually explicit images and videos. He used a number of different Snapchat usernames during the four years he tormented young women and girls on the social media site.

”I applaud the survivors of this defendant’s insidious attempts to ruin their lives for their bravery,” District Attorney Matt Weintraub said.  “He extorted his victims through his criminal actions. Now it is he who will pay the price, not them.”

This case was investigated by Bensalem Police Detectives Aaron Woelkers and Ryan Kolb and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Brittney Kern.

 

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Shooting Reportedly Under Investigation at Levittown Trace

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A swift and intense police presence at the Levittown Trace apartment complex on Ford Road Monday night is reportedly part of a shooting investigation by Bristol Township Police, sources are telling Lower Bucks Source Tuesday.

Police were dispatched out to the apartment complex just before 10 p.m. with a number of patrol cruisers arriving on scene. An image of an officer, guns raised pointing towards the F building spelled out last night’s dangerous drama.

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Officers were observed speaking with several individuals adjacent to the building.

Witnesses on scene told Lower Bucks Source, police were seen picking up what appeared to be shell casings.

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Bensalem EMS was seen transporting a victim and shortly thereafter police were seen taking a man into custody after finding what appeared to be drug related paraphernalia. It’s unclear whether or not that individual is connected to the reported shooting. Online court show that a Bristol man was arraigned and jailed early this morning on criminal trespass and drug related  charges.

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Attempts to contact Bristol Township Police for comment on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

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Nearby: Feasterville Man Charged with Murdering Estranged Wife

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Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele and Springfield Township Police Chief Michael E. Pitkow announce the arrest of Kenneth Shea, 37, of Feasterville-Trevose, for the First-Degree Murder of Elizabeth Shea on April 10, 2024, at her home in Wyndmoor.

The victim was found at approximately 7:30 a.m., April 10, 2024, by Springfield Township Police, who responded to a residence in the 1,000 block of Cromwell Lane for a requested wellness check. Police found Elizabeth Shea dead on the master bedroom floor, with obvious cut wounds to her head and neck, said authorities in a press release. 

A joint investigation into the homicide by Montgomery County Detectives and Springfield Township Police determined that an air conditioning unit had been pushed inside the residence, allowing access through the window. In the residence, four hard drives from the home’s digital recording units and three cellphones had been discarded in the bathroom sink and toilet.

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Detectives obtained Uber records that showed that Kenneth Shea had utilized the ride share service in the early morning hours of April 10, 2024. He was picked up at 12:36 a.m. at Comfort Inn in Feasterville-Trevose and dropped off at 12:55 a.m. on Wainwright Road, which is behind the victim’s residence. At 3:37 a.m., the defendant was picked up on Wainwright Road and returned to the hotel at 3:58 a.m., where video surveillance from the lobby showed him arriving and going to Room 314. Location records for Kenneth Shea’s cellphone showed his phone was in the area of the Comfort Inn in the days leading up to the murder and throughout the day on April 10, 2024. At approximately 6 p.m., Bensalem Police S.W.A.T. officers were stationed outside of Room 314 and arrested Shea as he exited the room.

“This is a tragic case, and our hearts go out to the family of Elizabeth Shea,” said DA Steele. “I also want to thank the Bensalem Police for the significant resources they provided, including drone surveillance and a K-9, as well as numerous officers, which enabled this defendant to be taken into custody without incident.”

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Shea is charged with First-Degree Murder, Second-Degree Murder and Third-Degree Murder. He was arraigned on April 11, 2024, by Magisterial District Judge John D. Kessler. There is no bail available for First-Degree Murder charges, and he was remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. on April 23, 2024, before Magisterial District Judge Katherine E. McGill.

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Bristol Man Charged with Sexual Assault Waives Hearing

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A 22-year-old Bristol Township man charged with sexual assault waived his right to a preliminary hearing at Falls Township District Court Tuesday.

Kyle McArthur-Beavers charged for a sexual assault during last year’s holiday season at a friend’s home in Morrisville, “waived” Tuesday’s hearing.

McArthur-Beavers, according to court paperwork, was engaged in a sex act with a 16-year-old victim, who was receptive to the digital stimulation while they were laying together in a Woodside Drive home.

The victim told police she made it absolutely clear to McArthur-Beavers she did not want to engage in sexual intercourse. The suspect, according to the criminal complaint, persisted in seeking sexual intercourse with the victim, she continued to say no.

McArthur-Beavers, according to police, inserted himself without a condom into the victim even though she told him to stop several times. She tried to get up several times,  but he pushed her back down and continued his attack.

McArthur-Beavers was originally arrested and released on unsecured bond  in February charged with sexual assault and corruption of a minor.

His next court appearance is scheduled for May at the Court of Common Pleas in Doylestown. He remains free on bond.

 

 

 

 

 

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