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Judge Orders Megan’s Law Offender To Formal Arraignment

Daniel Reynolds-Demchur, 22, is accused of soliciting a 16-year-old girl after giving her a cell phone.

After hearing the testimony of a 16-year-old girl who said that a registered Megan’s Law offender asked her for oral sex after giving her a cell phone, Judge Robert Burke on Thursday ordered Daniel Reynolds-Demchur to a formal arraignment hearing on May 26.

Reynolds-Demchur entered the District Court 32-1-25 on West Chester Pike, Havertown, on Thursday morning in shackles and wearing a green prison jumpsuit.

He has been in prison , despite rumors that allegedly appeared on Facebook stating that law enforcement officials gave him an early release, according to 2nd Ward Commissioner Mario Oliva who attended the preliminary hearing.

The girl, who lives in Haverford Township, testified that she met Reynolds-Demchur at an April 2nd party at a friend’s house. 

“I didn’t believe him at first because he looks a lot younger than he actually is,” she recalled during her testimony when she stated that Reynolds-Demchur told her he was 21. He recently just turned 22.

During her testimony, she told the court, including Delaware County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Boogay who was trying the case, that Reynolds-Demchur told her he was attracted to her and immediately asked her age when she spoke to him for about five minutes at the party before his family came to pick him up.

The next day, the girl testified that Reynolds-Demchur sent a friend request on Facebook, which defense lawyer Joseph Ratasiewicz objected because he wanted to know the specifics of a friend request and how she knew it was the defendant.

She clarified that a Facbook friend request has the person’s name, in this case “Danny Reynolds,” and a picture of the person sending the friend request.

She testified that she accepted his Facebook friend request and gave him her house number, which according to her he called soon after receiving it.

She told the court that he repeatedly called her house phone that day. She said that three phone numbers showed up on her house phone’s caller ID, which she testified the numbers were attributed to: Danny Reynolds, Joann Demchur and a blocked number.

She said she only picked up one of the calls.

“He said that he was so drunk at the party,” she testified but said most of the conversation was “awkward silence.”

After the ruling, Reynolds-Demchur’s aunt, Lynda McVey told the Haverford-Havertown Patch that the girl was lying. 

“My nephew wasn’t drunk at the party,” she said. Before the case started, McVey said that he was innocent of the charges against him.

But during cross-examination, the girl did testify that Reynolds-Demchur seemed sober when he met her at the party. She did admit she had an alcoholic drink later at the party once the defendant left.

The girl continued her testimony that Reynolds-Demchur kept sending her Facebook messages, but she ignored them until a friend told her that one of Reynolds-Demchur's messages stated that he bought her a Blackberry cell phone as a gift.

During cross-examination, she admitted that she is not aware of any printed copies of the alleged messages that Reynolds-Demchur may have sent her.

But on Wednesday, April 6, she met him at Sacred Heart and he gave her the phone, she testified, stating that Reynolds-Demchur and even an older relative that she took to be his grandmother asked her to go home with them and see a Phillies game, which she declined. 

The following day, Reynolds-Demchur allegedly started sending text messages, with some of them being sexual, to her new cell phone, the girl stated.

“He said, ‘Can you give me like a blow job …?’ I was like, ‘uh maybe’ because I was just answering him,” she testified. “It liked creeped me out a little bit.”

She testified that Reynolds-Demchur texted her he shaved his genitals and would send her a picture of his penis, which she said she told him not to do as she was in school at the time.

On Thursday, April 7, she was supposed to meet him at the Sacred Heart Church to pick up a charger for the cell phone, but before she went she testified that she discovered that Reynolds-Demchur was on the Megan’s Law website

She said she confronted him about this by texting him and she stated that at first he denied it, but eventually confirmed it.

At that point she threw her Blackberry cell phone on the ground, the girl testified. The police later retrieved the cell phone.

The two were supposed to meet at the church, but she testified that she did not tell him when she would be there to meet him. She testified that she was afraid when she walked by the church and saw Reynolds-Demchur there on his cell phone.

“I was scared. My heart dropped,” she said on the stand.

She testified that she confronted Reynold-Demchur about being on the Megan’s Law website and stated that she grabbed his arm and noticed that no one was on the cell phone. He then ran away from her, she said.

During cross-examination, one of the questions Ratasiewicz asked was what the girl wore when she met Reynolds-Demchur the first time at the church. She replied that she did not remember what she wore, only that she may have had a sweatshirt on and that she did not wear makeup.

The girl also stated that she did not tell Reynold-Demchur’s relative her age.

Reynolds-Demchur did not take the stand.

After hearing the girl’s testimony, Burke said that the commonwealth met its burden of proof and ordered Reynolds-Demchur to a formal arraignment hearing on May 26 at the Delaware County Court House in Media.

Reynolds-Demchur is charged with contact with a minor, obscene and other sexual materials and performances, stalking and harassment.

Reynolds-Demchur had previous convictions of being a sex offender since becoming an adult. On Feb. 25, 2008, he lured “a child into a motor vehicle or structure,” according to the Megan’s Law website

After the ruling, Ratasiewicz said that he had no comment and Reynolds-Demchur said he had nothing to add when asked for a comment as he was being led into a state patrol car.

Fran April 29, 2011 at 01:14 PM
This sounds like the preliminary hearing to see if there's enough evidence to go to trial. The judge decided there was, so he may have *ordered* that the defendant be arraigned, but he didn't sentence him. Sentencing happens after conviction; conviction happens after a trial of the facts in the case.
Anthony Leone April 29, 2011 at 02:17 PM
Hi Fran, yes, it was a preliminary hearing, which is stated in the article, but thanks for the help!
Judith April 29, 2011 at 02:22 PM
Burke is exaggerating his authority. Thank heavens the accused is off the streets, but Burke is puffing himself up at a convenient time for someone facing re-election. And what does Mario Oliva have to do with this? Oliva taken no interest this case until the residents of the 2nd Ward started doing his job for him and he was forced to act interested.
SpazzyRick April 30, 2011 at 01:33 PM
Mario Oliva is worthless, as a matter of fact all the commissioners in this town are nothing but lying worthless criminals. Haverford Township is corrupt, why don't you do a story about how Haverford Township abuses workers with disabilities and fires older workers or why the Township manager needs two assistants, they'll fire people and create a job for a friend or family member, ask why the new public works director Rich Dogherty makes 20,000 dollars more than the previous corrupt public works director Mike Giordano who was allowed to resign for stealing even though he should have been fired and put in prison, I wonder what kind of dirt these guys have on Larry Gentile and the commissioners, Haverford Township is corrupt and nobody cares, that's the worst part, nobody gives a crap, it's disgusting, this town is garbage!
ELAINE T MCVEY May 02, 2011 at 10:33 PM
HI ANTHONY DANNY IS A GREAT KID WANTED TO BE A FIREFIGHTER WAS TOLD HE WAS TO SSMALL HAVERFORD TWP WOULD NOT LET HIM GRADUATE SUED SCHOOL AND WON NO ONEW HAS BEEN ON DANS SIDE TRHOUGH WHOLE ORDEAL IN 2008 LAWYER MR KOUSTOURISS PLEADED HIM GUILTY AND PUR ON MEGANS LIST FALSELY EVEN THOUGH DR SURBECK SAID HE WAS NOT A PEDIPHILE AND TO YOU JUDGE BURKE YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED GIVEN 25000 CAS AND TO YOU MEGAN DID YOUR REPEAT FRESHMAN YR AND DID YOU STAY ALL NIGHT AT PARYT WITH DRINKING WITH BOYS ETC DAN WILL BE VINDICATED AND SET FREE HE IS INNOCENT OF EVERYTHING THANKS FOR LISTENING MARIO DO YOU KNOW DAN DONT COMMENT IF YOU DONT KNOW HIM
Not On My Street Scumbag May 10, 2011 at 04:02 PM
Its tough to believe he is innocent when he already has a history Elaine. There is no reason this kid should be hanging out with 16 year old high school kids. I live on his street and in the kid's defense he has been raised by a nut job. The mother is constantly screaming loudly enough for the entire block to hear her. She has zero respect and regard for her neighbors. She had one of her female "friends" cutting the grass at 8:30 last night while she walks next to herand barks orders and yells profanities like a drill sergeant. Did you ever think people have kids in bed at that time? I really hope this ordinance passes that forbids offenders from living within a ceratin radius of achools and playgrounds. This kid and his family have single handedly brought down the proeprty value on the entire block. Nobody wants to live near a sex offender or next door to a raving lunatic mother. There are two houses that were for sale on the block as recently as this year that suffered drastically. Elaine, don't try and turn Danny's complete lack of judgment and moral composition around by questioning the girl or Judge Burke. You are obviously another reason this kid has no chance at succeeding in life. Once again. Danny is 21, he has no business hanging out with high school kids.
Alaina Ables May 18, 2011 at 08:47 AM
this kid is a creep i have known him since camp as a little kid and he would do stuff back then even at that young so theres no doubt in my mind that hes guilty im glad they got him again and i hope hes kept away now that hes an adult and a repeat offender
lj smith May 21, 2011 at 06:52 PM
to everyone thanks for your concern you haters please stop get on with your lifes and leave the family alone they have been through enough have some compassion for them their child is innocent it will be publized not on your site anthony god forbid and you will be eating crow be happy you are not going through this ordeal Haverford twp is corrupt and everyone in this case should be ashamed of themselfs especially esquire Michael Hawley thanks for your concern and anthony familys law firm will be contacting your soon.
Yeah ok...right.. May 23, 2011 at 10:48 PM
As I sit here and read this article. I can not help laugh at comments left by some people. First of all Elaine" What does having to be a good kid and wanting to be a firefighter have to do with what he is being accused of?? If he is such a good kid, than he would have been in this situation in the first place! So now,This is his SECOND time that Danny is being accused and you are saying that Anthony and Burke should be ashamed of themselves. Why is that? because Anthony is doing his job and Burke is following the law! You and your family need to come to gripes with ti! How can someone be lying (Lynda) when the evidence speaks for itself. I feel sorry for Dan, but certainly not his family. It seems to me that he needed help (but didn't get any") long ago and now Dan is back in the same boat. Good thing Dan is in jail and off the streets! lj smith I guess he was innocent the first time to? OH pleeeeeeease

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