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Duquesne’s police chief has been charged with witness intimidation in connection with an incident in Hazelwood, Allegheny County police said.
Thomas W. Dunlevy, 49, of Duquesne is charged by Allegheny County police with intimidation of witnesses, intimidation or retaliation in a child abuse case, obstructing the administration of law and official oppression.
Dunlevy was arraigned Wednesday night and is currently free on $25,000 unsecured bond pending a preliminary hearing Dec. 20 before Magisterial District Judge Kim Berkeley Clark.
Allegheny County police Inspector Mike Peairs said Dunlevy is accused of interfering in an investigation involving a former Duquesne volunteer firefighter, Nathan D. Beck, 21, of West Mifflin.
According to court records, Beck was arrested Aug. 16 by Bethel Park police and charged in connection with an Aug. 8 incident that occurred in that municipality.
Beck is charged by Bethel Park police of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and corrupting the morals of a minor after he was accused of engaging in sexual activity with a then-15-year-old girl.
The assault was reported by the victim’s father, Peairs said. Beck is currently free on $20,000 bond and is awaiting trial.
Peairs said Beck is a friend of Dunlevy. Allegheny County police allege that on Oct. 19, Dunlevy confronted the victim’s father at his workplace in Hazelwood and threatened to release information during Beck’s trial “that would result in a negative contact with the county’s Office of Children, Youth & Families.”
The victim’s father, who is a witness in his daughter’s assault, called the Bethel Park police, who in turn called Allegheny County police for assistance, Peairs said.
Following a consultation with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, a warrant was obtained for Dunlevy’s arrest on Wednesday, Peairs said, and Dunlevy surrendered to county police.
Dunlevy was appointed police chief in 2018 and had previously been a Duquesne police sergeant and a member of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency’s regional task force. He has been a Duquesne police officer since 1999.
Originally published December 09, 2021.