A man pretended to be a police officer and performed a fake rape exam on a vulnerable teenager.
The unnamed 15 year-old had run away from her home in Pennsylvania, because her parents disapproved of her 22 year-old boyfriend, Jonathan Lyons. Lyons then introduced her to 29 year-old Ronald Rizzo who then persuaded her to have sex with him, committing the crime of statutory rape.
After the rape, Rizzo, who had a fake police ID card, told the teenager he was going to perform a rape exam and implicate her father. He thoroughly swabbed her sexual organs, bagged the swabs and told her he was going to enter the data into the police computer system.
After Rizzo and Lyons dropped the teenager in town in Pittsburgh, she asked some genuine police officers for a lift home and the story of the rape and abuse came out. Rizzo was arrested and charged with several crimes, including statutory sexual assault and impersonating a public servant.
Local police officer, Anthony Felicion told reporters: “He told the victim that he was a state cop and showed her a fake badge and she believed it. After their sexual encounter, he swabbed her reproductive organs, put [the swabs] in a plastic bag and said he could enter them into a system to make it seem like the father had sex with her. We believe her boyfriend introduced them; we have no reason to think he knew what Rizzo was going to do.”
The suspects are due in court tomorrow.