Faced with 33 charges for the alleged sexual assault of a Nazareth girl 11 years his junior, a 24-year-old former Muhlenberg College police officer surrendered to authorities Friday, according to Nazareth Police Chief Thomas Trachta.
Nicholas Repko-Moschini, of 1404 N. New St., Bethlehem, was arraigned by on-duty District Judge Todd Strohe of Bangor and sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.
On June 5, according to a police criminal complaint, the 13-year-old girl told Officer Stephen Schleig that she had been sexually assaulted more than a month earlier by Repko-Moschini at her Nazareth home.
The alleged assault happened on April 26.
The victim said that before the alleged assault, she began communicating with Repko-Moschini via Facebook and e-mail. The conversations, according to court records, lasted from April to May and became increasingly sexual in nature.
On April 16, Repko-Moschini allegedly asked the girl to send an electronic image of her breasts. Using her e-mail account, police say, the girl obliged.
The photo-sharing didn’t stop there, according to police. Between April 10 and May 11, Repko-Moschini allegedly sent the girl 20 separate messages, each sexual in nature.
At least four of the messages contained photos of Repko-Moschini’s penis and his upper and lower torso, according to court records.
Other messages sent by Repko-Moschini, police say, requested sexual acts.
The relationship stepped out of the digital realm when Repko-Moschini arrived at the girl’s Nazareth home.
According to court records, not only did Repko-Moschini kiss the girl, but he also fondled her naked breasts, had her perform oral sex and attempted intercourse.
Repko-Moschini left shortly after the alleged assault, according to police. The two did not speak again until May 11, when Repko-Moschini allegedly sent the girl an iPhone photo of his erect penis.
Repko-Moschini has been charged with:
- Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse – person less than 16 years of age
- Unlawful contact with minor – sexual offenses
- Criminal attempt – unlawful contact with a minor – sexual offenses
- Statutory sexual assault – 8-11 years older
- Aggravated indecent assault – person less than 16 years of age
- Criminal attempt – person less than 16 years of age
- Criminal use of a communication facility (19 counts)
- Corruption of minors (4 counts)
- Sexual abuse of children
- Photograph/Film/Depict On Computer Sex Act – Child
- Indecent assault – person less than 16 years of age
According to Jillian Lowery, director of college communications at Muhlenberg College, Repko-Moschini is no longer employed at the college.
Lowery did not know when his employment status changed. She added that the college could not comment further on Repko-Moschini or his case.
Repko-Moschini is, as of press time, listed in the college's staff directory as a Campus Police Reserve Officer. For security purposes, according to Lowery, the college cannot divulge specifics on Campus Safety and Security operations -- or Repko-Moschini's duties.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect additional information provided by Muhlenberg College.