Meadville Tribune

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October 2, 2013

Jailed teen faces new molestation charges

MEADVILLE — A Meadville teen already in trouble for molesting a minor and whose father apparently committed suicide in a Meadville police holding cell in 2007 was jailed Wednesday and faces the potential of 28 years in prison after being accused of molesting yet again.

Raymond Edmond Beck, 18, of 740 N. Cottage St., was jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail and faces a maximum of 28 years in prison and $60,000 in fines following arraignment on two counts each of unlawful contact with a minor and indecent assault.

Beck was arraigned before Meadville Area Magisterial District Judge William Chisholm on Meadville Police Department charges arising from incidents involving a 6-year-old child that allegedly took place between June and August of this year. The name of the alleged victim was not disclosed, although Beck told Chisholm that he knows the identity of the child.

Beck said he is already on probation and scheduled to remain under “intense supervision” until his 21st birthday for a juvenile offense involving breaking and entering.

Detective Sgt. Ed Kightlinger said that the probation did not involve only breaking and entering and that both indecent assault charges filed Wednesday were second offenses because Beck had also been adjudicated as a juvenile in 2012 on indecent assault charges involving a minor under the age of 13.

Kightlinger said that Beck’s intense juvenile supervision involved an ankle monitor that had been in place until being removed Wednesday morning by the juvenile probation officer who brought Beck to the police station for arrest. Noting that Beck had been removed from juvenile probation’s Community Abuse Response Team program for failing to comply with CART provisions, including the stipulation that he must be supervised by an adult whenever he’s present with children, and that he has “two prior convictions as a juvenile for the same thing he’s charged with here,”  Kightlinger recommended that Chisholm set a high bail.

Kightlinger also noted that Beck had been scheduled to see a therapist “about his dad passing away at the police station,” but that Beck had refused to go back to the therapist since an initial visit in 2012.

In November 2007, Beck’s father, Kenneth Duane Beck Sr., died in a Meadville Police Department holding cell. At the time, Crawford County Coroner Patrick McHenry told the Tribune that “an investigation was conducted into this unfortunate death by three agencies: Pennsylvania State Police, Meadville Police Department and my office, Crawford County Coroner’s Office. After all the investigations were completed, it was determined that this individual had committed suicide and that there was absolutely nothing nefarious — nothing suspicious — as to what happened down at the Meadville Police Department.”

Police Chief Dave Stefanucci told the Tribune at the time that the senior Beck had been arrested on charges of simple assault, harassment, furnishing alcohol to minors and drunkenness and had been brought to the station “to be held until he had sobered up and could be arraigned.”

During Wednesday’s arraignment, Chisholm agreed with Kightlinger’s assessment. “It’s clear that he’s not responsive to court supervision. He doesn’t follow the rules,” Chisholm said. Describing Beck as “a continuing threat to people under 13,” Chisholm said that since Beck had made no attempt to deal with his real problem, “the only option is to set a bond that will keep you away from community residents under 13.”

Kightlinger noted that the current offense was based on someone living at Beck’s residence at the time and that the previous incident had involved someone he knew. “This occurs in residences — he’s not stalking anyone,” Kightlinger said.

Mary Spicer can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at mspicer@meadvilletribune.com.

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