Bucks County Sex For Tattoo Suspect Facing 195 New Criminal Charges
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BRISTOL TWP., Pa. (CBS) Friday morning wasn’t the first time Walter Meyerle left the Bucks County Courthouse, but this time, the list of charges is growing.
Meyerle now faces charges of sexually assaulting 14 under-age victims, both boys and girls. Police say the victims include four children under the age of 10 and two preschoolers. Police are also investigating Meyerle in the case of two adult victims. Authorities say the sexual abuse stretches back a decade.
The grandmother of a 14-year-old girl who was allegedly sexually abused by Meyerle spoke out after learning the suspect in the case is facing 195 new charges.
Last March, Walter Meyerle was arrested by Bristol Township Police and charged with a range of sexual charges involving Francine Sweeney’s teenage granddaughter. The accused is a tattoo artist, who according to allegations, gave the 14-year-old a tattoo in exchange for sexual favors performed on him.
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Sweeney had one message for Meyerle, “Rot in hell.”
The Bucks County District Attorney says the case involving Sweeney’s granddaughter prompted other alleged victims to come forward.
“I’m sick to my stomach that it’s that many that he actually did it to,” said Sweeney. “It’s very upsetting. I didn’t expect this from him. He’s been friends with my daughter for a long time.”
Meyerle was charged Friday with up to 195 new counts of various sexual offenses. He didn’t say a word in his own defense as he left court, but Meyerle exploded at a cameraman he bumped into.
Stay with CBSPhilly.com for the latest on this developing story.
Reported by Oren Liebermann, CBS 3