A former Pennsylvania police officer will be sentenced this week after accepting a plea deal in a child rape case — three years after his father was sentenced for abusing one of the same boys.
David Turkos pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor charges after investigators accused him of violently raping two brothers over a seven-year period, beginning in 2001, reported The Citizens’ Voice.
The 44-year-old Turkos, a former Dupont police officer, threatened to hurt their mother and pets or take away their toys if they revealed the abuse.
One of the boys told police that Turkos choked him and used zip ties to restrain him during the abuse, and investigators said the former police officer held a hand over his mouth to muffle his screams.
“I hope you die — you’re a piece of crap,” Turkos told one of the boys, according to police.
The older boy testified during an April 2016 hearing that Turkos frequently pointed his gun at the brothers to frighten them, sometimes while on duty.
Turkos — who has a criminal record dating back to 2008 — agreed to plead guilty in June to misdemeanor corruption of minors charges after prosecutors agreed to withdraw two other charges, involuntary sexual intercourse with a child and indecent assault of a person under 13.
The two misdemeanor charges each carry a possible five-year prison term.
He remains free on $50,000 bond until his sentencing on Tuesday.
Joseph Turkos, the former officer’s father, also admitted to a misdemeanor count of corruption of minors in August 2014 after he was charged with sexually assaulting one of the same boys.
The elder Turkos was sentenced to three months to five years in state prison.
The abuse came to light after an older sibling saw the older boy perform a sex act on his brother, who was 9.
David Turkos pleaded guilty to the same misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to six to 12 months in county jail in 2010 after he was accused of masturbating in front of three boys.
He was previously sentenced to six months of probation in 2008 for assaulting his stepson and ex-wife, whose arm was broken in the attack.
“You can’t do anything — I am the law,” Turkos told the woman, according to court documents.
His ex-wife filed a federal lawsuit accusing Dupont police of failing to properly investigate her claims that Turkos was violating a restraining order by repeatedly driving past her home.
Borough police instead charged the woman in 2012 with filing false reports, although a district judge later dismissed those charges.
Her lawsuit was dismissed earlier this year.