Gay-Bashing Suspects Released on Bail

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The three Bucks County residents charged in the September 11th beating of two gay men in Center City have posted bail and been released from custody after being arraigned overnight. They had turned themselves in to authorities Wednesday morning.

According to court dockets, bail for suspect Kathryn Knott (center, 24) was set at $50,000, while bail for Kevin Harrigan (left, 26) and Philip Williams (right, 24) was set at $75,000 each. Each was required to post 10 percent.

The suspects were each charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person.

A status hearing in the case has been set for Tuesday.

Court summary for Philip Williams.
Court summary for Kathryn Knott.
Court summary for Kevin Harrigan.

Previously: Mugshots of Gay-Bashing Suspects
Previously: Gay-Bashing Suspect Tweeted Thanks to Police Chief Dad for Special Treatment
Previously: Gay-Bashing Suspect Kathryn Knott’s Homophobic Twitter Rants Revealed
Previously: Gay-Bashing Suspects Turn Themselves In to Police

For more of our coverage go here.

Philadelphia Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr. Pleads Guilty to Federal Corruption Charges

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[UPDATE] According to an information (read the full document below) released by the U.S. Department of Justice, as expected, former municipal court judge Joseph C. Waters, who resigned his position yesterday, has pleaded guilty to charges of mail fraud and honest services wire fraud.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office issued the following release:

“Joseph C. Waters, Jr., 61, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty today to using his judicial position to influence the outcome of two cases in the Philadelphia Municipal Court, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. Waters, a former Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge, pleaded guilty to an information charging mail fraud and honest services wire fraud.

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Gay-Bashing Suspect Tweeted Thanks to Police Chief Dad for Special Treatment

Update: Police have released mugshots of the Center City gay-bashing defendants.

Original:

As more details emerge about the arrests in the Center City gay-bashing case, we’re learning a lot about the defendants, especially Bucks County’s Kathryn Knott, who, for whatever reason, still hasn’t deactivated her awful Twitter account.

Knott is the subject of a Storify called “Meet #PhillyHateCrime Defendant Kathryn Knott.” It catalogs some of the terrible things that Knott has said on social media.

But one tweet they didn’t include suggests that Knott may have gotten special treatment in a 2012 road incident thanks to her dad, who just happens to be Chalfont Township Police Chief Karl Knott. (Note: At the time of the tweets, Knott was on the Abington Township police force.)

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UPDATE: Gay-Bashing Suspects Surrender to Police

Philip Williams, right, accompanied by attorney Fortunato Perri Jr. walks to a police station Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in Philadelphia. Williams, Kevin Harrigan and Kathryn Knott are being charged with conspiracy, aggravated and simple assault, and reckless endangerment in the Sept. 11 beating of a gay couple during a late-night encounter in Philadelphia.

Philip Williams, right, accompanied by attorney Fortunato Perri Jr. walks to a police station Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in Philadelphia. Williams, Kevin Harrigan and Kathryn Knott are being charged with conspiracy, aggravated and simple assault, and reckless endangerment in the Sept. 11 beating of a gay couple during a late-night encounter in Philadelphia.

According to CBS Philly, the three suspects facing charges in the gay-bashing in Center City on September 11th turned themselves into the police this morning. The suspects are 24-year-old Philip Williams, 26-year-old Kevin Harrigan, and 24-year-old Kathryn Knott, each charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault, two counts of recklessly endangering another person (REAP), and one count of criminal conspiracy.

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Suspect in Slaying of Philly High School Girl, 15, Turns Self In

darian_person The suspected killer of Aisha Abdur Rhaman, who was killed by a stray bullet outside Einstein Medical Center, has turned himself in.

Suspect Darian Person, 19, is a former student at the same Delaware Valley Charter High School that Rhaman attended. About 20 to 30 teenagers, many from Delaware Valley Charter, showed up at a planned fight near Einstein Medical. “[Person] was brought as the muscle,” Philadelphia Police Captain James Clark said at a news conference. “He came with a gun and, unfortunately, he used it.”

Action News described the somber scene inside Delaware Valley Charter: Crying students hugging and decorating Rhaman’s locker with memorial posters and stuffed animals. “She played basketball and she was very well liked at school. Had a very beautiful smile, a smile that lit up the hallway,” Delaware Valley Charter CEO Ernest Holiday told Channel 6. “She was a great student, academically also. It’s a terrible loss to us.”

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Lemon Shot Challenge Dad Accused of Sex With Student

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Garnet Valley Middle School gym teacher William “Bill” Barber was in the news earlier this month for a heartbreaking story about his 4-year-old daughter Brielle, who has cancer. The family decided to put a spin on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with the Lemon Shot Challenge, wherein you are supposed to take a shot of straight lemon juice in the name of defeating cancer. Less than a month later, Barber is making headlines again, but for all the wrong reasons.

On Tuesday, police arrested Barber for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old student. The Glen Mills husband and father has been charged with statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, institutional sexual assault of a minor, corruption of minors and indecent assault of a minor. He has been at the school for over a decade.

Below, the full statement released by the school:

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