Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The case against Hugh Taussig-Lux

District Attorney Jack Whelan held a press conference yesterday in Media.

Nothing especially unusual about that.

But there was one odd thing that kind of stuck out in the D.A.'s presser Tuesday concerning the case of Hugh Taussig-Lux.

Whelan and other law enforcement, municipal and school officials gathered to talk about a guilty plea that had been entered more than two weeks ago, back on Feb. 24.

Authorities have been building a case against Taussig-Lux for nearly two years, when a complaint was first lodged with Delaware County Children and Youth Services. And while he's now behind bars after entering the plea, officials have reason to believe there are more victims out there, and they'd like them to come forward. Taussig-Lux pleaded guilty to the rape of a 12-year-old girl in his Media apartment. He also admitted crimes against at least 11 other children over an 18-month period from summer 2014 through spring 2016.

Taussig-Lux was initially arrested in May 2016. He's currently serving a 13 1/2 to 27-year sentence.

But authorities believe these cases may be just the tip of the iceberg.

Police believe Taussig-Lux's apartment on Baker Street in Media became a party house for local children. Once there they believe Taussig-Lux would ply them with drugs and alcohol, then sexually assault them.

The apartment was close to a local park and an elementary school.

Now they want to hear from others who may have been victims.

Whelan was joined by Media Mayor Bob McMahon, as well as Rose Tree Media Superintendent Jim Wigo, along with Media Police Officer Nicole Young, who led the investigation, and Assistant District Attorney Alan Borowsky, who prosecuted the cases.

"We have really strong reasons to believe there are other vitims out there," Borowsky said.

Whelan specifically noted that Taussig-Lux was known to hang out at Glen Providence Park, which straddles Media and Upper Providence, and Media Elementary School.

McMahon and Wigo urged parents to talk to their children, have conversations with them to determine if they crossed paths with Taussig-Lux.

Anyone who may have had contact with Taussig-Lux is urged to contact Officer Young at 610-565-6656.

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