Contractor Convicted of Inappropriately Touching Boy at Newtown Home
A 62-year-old man was convicted on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, of indecent assault and related charges for inappropriately touching an 11-year-old boy in Newtown Township in September 2021.
Jeffrey Todd Lukens, of Buckingham Township, had been working as a contractor at the boy’s home and was hired to remove bees from the basement. He inappropriately touched the boy while working on the project on Sept. 2, 2021, and again four days later when he returned to finish the job.
On Wednesday, following a 3-day trial, a Bucks County jury found him guilty on felony counts of indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age and unlawful contact with a minor, along with misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors, indecent assault, invasion of privacy and disorderly conduct and summary harassment.
Common Pleas Judge Raymond F. McHugh deferred sentencing for 30 days.
During closing arguments on Wednesday, Deputy District Attrorney Sarah K. Heimbach urged the jury to convict Lukens.
“I don’t know if this family will ever get that sense of safety and security back,” Heimbach said. “Finding this defendant guilty is a start.”
While working on the project on Sept. 2, 2021, Lukens invited the boy to assist him and gave him a partial bee suit to wear to protect his face and upper body.
The boy was on a ladder and using a reciprocating saw to remove the bee nest when Lukens inappropriately touched the boy, and then lifted the boy’s shorts and took a cellphone picture of his thighs.
With the boy still on the ladder, Lukens continued to touch the boy, moving his hand under the boy’s shirt. He again inappropriately touched the boy and the boy got off the ladder and left when he felt Lukens lift his underwear away from his body.
Lukens returned to the home on Sept. 6 to finish the project. Before he left, Lukens asked the boy if he could take a picture of his abdomen, lifting up his shirt without permission to snap a picture.
The boy’s parents reported the incidents to the Newtown Township Police Department later that day. During the investigation, police seized Lukens’ cellphone and uncovered deleted cellphone pictures showing the boy’s thighs, lower stomach, and upper pubic area.
This case was investigated by the Newtown Township Police Department and was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Sarah K. Heimbach.
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