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West Mifflin Man Charged in Rape Case

By Submitted Report
The Tube City Almanac
September 21, 2016
Posted in: Crime and Police News

A West Mifflin man is in Allegheny County Jail after being arrested for what police described as "multiple sex offenses against children."

Andrew Demeri, 24, formerly of Pitcairn, is charged by Allegheny County Police with two counts each of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with minors, indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors and indecent exposure.

Demeri was arraigned Tuesday, according to court records. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 cash bond pending a preliminary hearing at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28 before Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey Manning.

County police Sgt. Ken Ruckel said the investigation began in McKeesport, but that city police turned the case over to Allegheny County when they learned that the incidents occurred in multiple jurisdictions, including McKeesport, Pitcairn and Westmoreland County.

Ruckel said that Demeri worked as an emergency medical technician for an ambulance service, but that the offenses did not occur in the course of his duties. Demeri was arrested while working for the ambulance service, Ruckel said.

Police did not identify for which ambulance service Demeri worked, although a Google profile for "Drew Demeri," which was deleted sometime Tuesday or Wednesday, indlcates that "Drew" was an EMT with Lifestat Ambulance Service, which has bases in Swissvale and Saltsburg, Westmoreland County.

Facebook photos of Demeri show him wearing a shirt from the McKeesport fire department, but McKeesport fire Chief Jeff Tomovcsik and Gene Esken, president of the firefighters' union, said Wednesday night that Demeri had no affiliation with the city. The shirts were sold as a fundraiser and were available to the general public, Tomovcsik and Esken said.

Originally published September 21, 2016.

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