RAPE & SEXUAL ABUSE OF TWO CHILDREN
DETAILS OF INCIDENT:
On April 30, 2020, the Berks County Detective’s Office received a report from the office of Berks County Children and Youth Services, relative to sexual abuse and identified the two victims.
Victim #1 is a fourteen-year-old female.
Victim #2 is a sixteen-year-old male.
The Berks County Detective’s Office initiated a criminal investigation, which yielded the following information:
On May 6, 2020, a Forensic Interview was conducted at the Children’s Alliance Center. During this interview, Victim #1 (female) disclosed that she was the victim of sexual abuse and that the offenses occurred when she was approximately three or four years old. She positively identified Damian Kochel as the person who was responsible for the sexual abuse.
The Berks County Detectives determined that the sexual abuse occurred between 2008-2010 inside a residence located in the 1800 block of Perkiomen Avenue, City of Reading.
On May 21, 2020, a Forensic Interview was conducted with Victim #2 (male) at the Children’s Alliance Center. Victim #2 disclosed when he was in 3rd grade and approximately nine or ten years old, the defendant who he positively identified as Damian Kochel, performed a sexual act on him.
The Berks County Detectives determined that the sexual abuse occurred between 2012-2014 inside a residence located in the 000 block of Girard Avenue, Muhlenberg Township.
On June 11, 2020, the Berks County Detective’s Office filed criminal charges against the defendant Damian Kochel, at Magisterial District Judge Carissa Johnson’s Office.
M.D.J. Johnson issued an arrest warrant for the defendant.
On June 12, 2020, at approximately 9:15 A.M., the defendant surrendered by reporting to the Berks County Detective’s Office. He was accompanied by his attorney. The defendant was immediately escorted down to the Central Processing Center and released into the custody of the Berks County Sheriff’s Department.
The defendant will be fingerprinted and photographed.
As in every criminal case, the fact that an arrest occurred or a complaint has been filed is merely an accusation, and the defendant Damian Michael Kochel, is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.