Sex tex­ting charges against Perkasie man held for court

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bob Keeler

More than once, the 14-yearold Telford girl tes­ti­fy­ing in a Feb. 11 pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing for the 22-year-old Perkasie man she de­scribed as hav­ing been her boyfriend had to be asked to speak louder so she could be heard in Mag­is­te­rial District Judge Charles Baum’s court­room in Perkasie.

In the mid­dle of a sen­tence, her voice com­pletely dis­ap­peared, leav­ing her shyly mouthing the word “in­ter­course” af­ter hav­ing said “sex­ual.”

Asked to again re­peat why Tyler Staehle was send­ing her mes­sages, her voice rose for the first and only time.

“OK, to see me, and,” she said, paus­ing be­fore con­tin­u­ing au­di­bly, but not as loudly, “have sex­ual re­la­tions with me.”

Although not in­cluded in the ev­i­dence pre­sented at the pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing, the af­fi­davit of prob­a­ble cause, writ­ten by Telford Bor­ough po­lice Chief Ran­dall Floyd, says the teenager’s mother gave po­lice 92 pages of tran­scripts from the daugh­ter’s cel­lu­lar phone that in­cluded Staehle ask­ing the teen to meet for sex­ual ac­tiv­ity, along with rais­ing topics such as il­le­gal drug use, al­co­hol con­sump­tion and en­cour­ag­ing the teen to vi­o­late the rules of her home. Those tran­scripts will be put into ev­i­dence in later court pro­ceed­ings, As­sis­tant District At­tor­ney Kristin Mcblroy said.

Staehle and the girl met in Novem­ber when the teenager started work­ing at McDon­ald’s in Hill­town, where Staehle also worked, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion in the af­fi­davit of prob­a­ble cause.

At the hear­ing, the teen said she no longer has an af­ter-school job.

Asked to de­scribe her re­la­tion­ship to Staehle, she said, “We were boyfriend and girl­friend.”

Along with work­ing to­gether, the two text mes­saged and used Face­book and were in daily con­tact, she said.

“Most of them were sex­ual,” she said in an­swer to a ques­tion about the mes­sages.

Staehle knew she was 14, she said, and she knew he was 22.

Around Christ­mas, the girl’s mother con­fronted Staehle, who apol­o­gized and said he would stop com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the daugh­ter, but Jan. 15, the mother caught her daugh­ter tex­ting with Staehle, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. The tran­scripts given to po­lice were for texts writ­ten be­tween Dec. 25 and Jan. 15, the af­fi­davit says.

In an­swer to ques­tions from Nathan Criste, Staehle’s de­fense at­tor­ney, the teen said the re­la­tion­ship never pro­gressed be­yond the talk­ing stage and that Staehle had never come to her home, she had never been in his ve­hi­cle and he had never touched her in a sex­ual way.

Criste said a charge of cor­rup­tion of mi­nors could be waived to Bucks County Court, but ar­gued against the more se­ri­ous charge of un­law­ful con­tact with a mi­nor.

“Talk­ing is not the same as do­ing,” Criste said.

The con­tacts were an at­tempt by Staehle to have sex with the teenager, which would have been statu­tory rape, Mcblroy said, suc­cess­fully ar­gu­ing that the un­law­ful con­tact with a mi­nor charge re­main.

Ar­raign­ment on the two charges in Bucks County Court will be March 15, Baum said. Bail in the case re­mains at the pre­vi­ously set 10 per­cent of $25,000, he said.

Staehle has been in Bucks County Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity since Jan. 28 af­ter be­ing un­able to post bail, ac­cord­ing to on­line records.

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