Hired to remove bees from Newtown home, contractor inappropriately touched boy
A 61-year-old man is facing indecent assault and related charges for inappropriately touching an 11-year-old boy in Newtown Township in September.
Jeffrey Todd Lukens, of Buckingham Township, had been working as a contractor at the boy’s home, hired to remove bees from the basement.
Lukens began work on the project on Sept. 2, 2021, and invited the boy to assist him, offering him a partial bee suit to wear to protect his face and upper body, according to a criminal complaint.
The boy was on a ladder and using a reciprocating saw to remove the bee nest when Lukens began massaging the boy’s thighs. He then lifted the boy’s shorts and took a cellphone picture of his thighs.
With the boy still on the ladder, Lukens moved his hand under the boy’s shirt and began massaging his lower stomach and upper pubic area. The boy got off the ladder and left when he felt Lukens lift his underwear away from his body, according to the complaint.
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 contacted the Newtown Township Police Department later that day to report the incidents. During the investigation, police seized Lukens’ cellphone and uncovered deleted cellphone pictures showing the boy’s thighs, lower stomach, and upper pubic area.
Lukens was charged with 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.
He turned himself in on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, and was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Maggie Snow who set bail at $100,000, 10 percent.
“While the evidence known to us does not warrant accusing Mr. Lukens of additional crimes at this time, our knowledge of this case and of past history gives us enough concern to ask if there are any other victims out there,” District Attorney Matt Weintraub said. “If you’ve been victimized by Mr. Lukens, or if you know someone else who may have been, you have nothing to be ashamed of. You’ve done nothing wrong. Please come forward.”
The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office is asking anyone who believes they have been victimized by Lukens, or believes they know someone who has been victimized by Lukens, to contact police. Tips can also be submitted through the CRIMEWATCH website at https://bucks.crimewatchpa.com/da/submit-tip.
This case was investigated by the Newtown Township Police Department and is assigned for prosecution to Assistant District Attorney Sarah K. Heimbach.
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