Former Philly Cop Accused of Sexually Assaulting Mentally Ill Woman

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A recently retired Philadelphia police officer has been accused in a lawsuit of sexually assaulting a woman suffering from mental illness.

The officer, Thomas J. O’Neill, retired in September 2016, about three months after the alleged victim first told police he had sexually assaulted her, according to FOX29. It’s not clear whether O’Neill was ever arrested. He has not been charged with any crimes.  Read more »

Drexel Frat Suspended for Five Years

Drexel’s Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity house via Google Maps

A Drexel University fraternity has been suspended for five years.

Tau Kappa Epsilon, located at 3421 Powelton Ave., was already temporarily suspended earlier this month amidst a sexual assault investigation. Drexel officials say the five-year suspension is unrelated to the sexual abuse allegations and is instead a result of the fraternity’s disregard of the school’s alcohol policy. Read more »

Report: Drexel Police Investigating Second Frat for Sexual Assault

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Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house via Google Maps

A little more than a week since Drexel University suspended a fraternity amidst a sexual assault investigation, a second frat is allegedly being probed for a reported rape.

Campus police told 6ABC that the alleged incident at Pi Kappa Alpha, located at 210 N. 34th Street, was reported this past weekend. No other details have been offered.  Read more »

Philly Chef Accused of Sexual Assault, Threats

Philly chef Steve Rosen (left), pictured with Bobby Flay. (Photo via Casino Classic Catering)

Philly chef Steve Rosen (left), pictured with Bobby Flay. (Photo via Casino Classic Catering)

When Philadelphia chef Steve Rosen closed Northeast Philadelphia’s popular Casino Deli Restaurant in 2015 after 35 years in business to concentrate on his catering company, Michael Klein memorialized the occasion with a restaurant obit in the Inquirer. Less than two years later, Rosen is once again making news, but it’s not for his latest venture. Read more »

Seven Women Say They Were Drugged at Popular South Philly Bar

Philadelphia restaurant owner Heather DeRussy is one of the seven women who claim they were drugged at the Dolphin in South Philadelphia. (Photo by Claire Hoffman)

Philadelphia restaurant owner Heather DeRussy is one of the seven women who claim they were drugged at the Dolphin in South Philadelphia. (Photo by Claire Hoffman)

UPDATE: The Philadelphia Police Department has launched an investigation into these drugging claims at the Dolphin. For the full story, click here.

ORIGINAL:

Heather DeRussy is a married mother of five who owns two bar-restaurants in Philadelphia. She enjoys a drink or two after a busy day at work. But on one recent night when she stopped off at the Dolphin in South Philadelphia to relax, things didn’t go as planned. Read more »

Racing Star Claims Sexual Assault at Philly Hotel Made Her Leave Sport

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Elena Myers is a professional motorcycle racer from California. The first woman to win a professional race at Daytona International Speedway, she is widely considered the Danica Patrick of the sport. But the 23-year-old recently vanished from the racing scene, confounding her hundreds of thousands of Facebook followers, who have been wondering why a young woman with such a promising future would quit the sport she loves. Today, she’s ready to break her silence and tell her story. And it begins on a massage table at a four-star hotel in Philadelphia. Read more »

Delaware County DNC Delegate Charged With Indecent Assault

Stage and podium at the Democratic National Convention, with Philadelphia skyline and Liberty Bell

The stage at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

The District Attorney’s office has decided to press charges against a Democratic National Convention delegate from Delaware County who allegedly assaulted a fellow delegate during the DNC in July.

The office initially decided not to take action last month, prompting widespread attention and outrage from the accuser, Gwen Snyder, and others who claimed that the D.A.’s office had been dismissive and that the assault had not been properly investigated. Read more »

Philadelphia NOW: Williams Should Prosecute DNC Sexual Assault Case

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, center, accompanied by investigators Marc Costanzo, left, and Frank Fina, speaks during a news conference Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, center, accompanied by investigators Marc Costanzo, left, and Frank Fina, speaks during a news conference Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) released a statement today demanding that District Attorney Seth Williams prosecute the sexual assault reported by Gwen Snyder during the Democratic National Convention.

“Time and again, this organization has had to call on District Attorney Williams to simply DO HIS JOB,” the statement reads, referencing his previous handling of employees who were involved in the state’s “porngate” scandalRead more »

Did D.A.’s Office Refuse to Charge Alleged Sexual Assaulter Because He Was Drunk?

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. | Photo by John Locher/AP

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. | Photo by John Locher/AP

Gwen Snyder did exactly what the District Attorney Seth Williams‘ Office says on its website a victim of sexual assault should do: She called the Philadelphia Police Department Special Victims Unit, and was transported to the Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center to file a report.

Since the alleged incident — Snyder says a fellow Pennsylvania delegate for Bernie Sanders made sexual contact with her that she did not consent to — took place July 27th at the bar of a convention hotel during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, she also told her story to state Democratic Party members and DNC staffers, in the hopes that the alleged assaulter would be stripped of his convention credentials. She spoke to employees at the hotel and asked them to expel the man.

Snyder did everything we tell victims of indecent and sexual assault they need to do. And at every point, the institutions involved have seemingly failed her.  Read more »

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