About a week ago, we posted a news story about a 27-year-old man crossing numerous states just to have sex with a 15-year-old girl he'd met on Xbox LIVE. Seems like this sort of thing has been happening a little more often than it ought to, as we hear about another young man awaiting trial for maintaining a sexual relationship with a minor.
However, this tale comes with a twist that muddies the waters and spreads the blame.
Daniel Joseph Czelusniak, 23, was arraigned on Friday, February 6, by a judge on charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor, and corruption of a minor. He's now making new friends in the Bedford County Jail on $125,000 bail. Quite a list, but how did all this happen?
Apparently, Czelusniak met a girl on World of Warcraft four years ago. The girl claimed to be 14 at the time, and our perpetrator would've been only 19. In March 2008, he traveled from North Royalton, Ohio to Bedford County, Pennsylvania to meet the girl, who would've been 18 by then. Much to Czelusniak's surprise, the girl had lied about her initial age and was actually 14 at the time of their meeting -- meaning she was 10 when they first made contact online. Regardless, the two carried on a physical relationship for two months, meeting several times at a motel and the girl's home.
In September, the girl's mother confronted her daughter after finding a cell phone given to her by Czelusniak. After questioning the girl, the angry mother confronted him and notified police. Czelusniak surrendered to Pennsylvania State Police soon after.