WILKES-BARRE — A former Dupont police officer who pleaded guilty to having inappropriate conduct with two minor children has been sentenced to prison.
David Turkos, 44, of Dupont, must serve nine to 23 months at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.
He was also sentenced to five years of probation, which will be served consecutively to the prison term. He was given credit for one day time served for the probation, and he is immediately eligible for work release.
Turkos was ordered to have no contact with his victims and no unsupervised contact with children unless it’s been explicitly approved by court order or Children and Youth.
Turkos must also continue to receive anger management treatment and undergo sexual offender evaluations.
Turkos was charged in 2015 with three counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, two counts of indecent assault and a count of simple assault. Turkos entered a guilty plea in June to two counts of corruption of minors, which Judge Michael T. Vough accepted. The rest of the counts were withdrawn.
The charges came after two teenage victims came forward that year, accusing Turkos of having sexually abused them on multiple occasions when they were between ages 4 and 6. They said Turkos threatened to harm their pets and loved ones to keep them quiet.
One of the victims, 19 at the time of his testimony, said Turkos would occasionally zip-tie him to a railing while assaulting him, then give him gifts in exchange for silence.
This case isn’t the first time Turkos has had run-ins with the law, despite being hired as a part-time patrolman in Dupont in 2002.
Turkos was arrested in 2008, while he was still a police officer, for allegedly beating his wife and stepson. He pleaded guilty to two counts of simple assault and harassment, and he was sentenced to six months on probation.
Turkos was again arrested in 2009 for allegations of masturbating in front of two children. In that case, he was sentenced to six months to a year in county prison for corruption of minors.