$100,000 sought by man found guilty of assault


$100,000 sought by man found guilty of assault




NORTHUMBERLAND — A civil suit was filed against PointTownship, its police department, chief Joshua Van Kirk and former patrolman Wade Lytle. The suit was filed by Benjamin Scheller, who is seeking at least $100,000 dollars in damages for the mis-handling of rape charges one once faced.




Charges against Scheller stemmed from an alleged sexual assault involving an ex-girlfriend in November of 2011. In early February this year, 34-year-old, Benjamin Scheller was released on time-served after he was sentenced to nine months in prison on charges of terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, and simple assault. Felony charges of rape, sexual assault and other charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement.




Upon news of the lawsuitPointTownship Solicitor Richard Shoch issued this statement, “He has filed a complaint…we feel the allegations are baseless and we have the utmost confidence in the actions taken throughout the course of this by both our board and our chief of police.”



One of the points addressed in the civil action complaint filed April 8th, was the romantic relationship between the alleged rape victim and then PointTownship officer Wade Lytle, who arrested Scheller. PointTownship Supervisors terminated Lytle in November for ethical issues tied to the relationship with the alleged victim. (Jillian Lewis)

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