Police: Duryea teen records sex with minor

By Ed Lewis - elewis@timesleader.com
McGilvary -

DUPONT — A 19-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on charges he had sexual encounters with a preteen girl and recorded them with his cell phone last month, according to court records.

Borough police and Luzerne County detectives allege Joshua Michael McGilvary picked up the girl in Duryea and took her to his residence on Lackawanna Avenue where they had sex June 25.

Authorities retrieved a recording of the alleged sexual encounter McGilvary deleted from his cell phone. Two nude pictures of the girl were found on McGilvary’s phone, authorities said.

According to the criminal complaint:

The girl’s mother reported the alleged acts to authorities after learning her daughter did not sleep at a relative’s house in Duryea. Using a phone finder app, the mother found her daughter at McGilvary’s residence.

Authorities said the girl was interviewed at the Luzerne County Children’s Advocacy Center.

During the interview, she claimed she met McGilvary when he delivered pizza to a friend’s house in May.

Soon thereafter, McGilvary began communicating with the girl using social media apps.

McGilvary was aware of the girl’s age, authorities said.

When the girl was at a relative’s house, McGilvary picked her up and took her back to his residence where they had sex in a bedroom. During the sexual encounter, McGilvary used his cell phone to record the acts, the complaint says.

The two eventually fell asleep and were awakened by the girl’s cell phone when the mother used the phone finder app. McGilvary looked out the window and spotted the girl’s mother who appeared upset.

McGilvary allegedly told investigators the girl called him for a ride home in the middle of the night. As he was driving her, he claimed the girl told him she couldn’t get into her house because she didn’t have a key.

McGilvary claimed he drove to his house with intentions of having the girl sleep on a couch. Instead, McGilvary allegedly told investigators they went to his bedroom to have sex.

McGilvary claimed he uses his cell phone when he has sex with girls, the complaint says.

The girl also claimed she had sex with McGilvary in his vehicle in May.

McGilvary was arraigned by District Judge Alexandra Kokura Kravitz in Luzerne County Central Court on three counts each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, child pornography, filming sex acts involving a minor, corruption of minors and indecent assault and two counts of rape of a child.

He was jailed at the county correctional facility for lack of $200,000 bail.


By Ed Lewis


Reach Ed Lewis at 570-991-6116 or on Twitter @TLEdLewis

Reach Ed Lewis at 570-991-6116 or on Twitter @TLEdLewis