A preliminary hearing for a father and daughter charged with sexual assault on a female family member has been continued.
Michael Steven Taschler, 79, of Covered Bridge Road, Kunkletown, and Debbie Lynn Green, 39, of Avenue A, Palmerton were scheduled today to go before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.
But, their hearings have been continued until 10:30 a.m. Jan. 19. Taschler and Green remain free in lieu of $200,000 unsecured bail.
The two individuals were arraigned before Appleton last week and face charges on four counts of criminal conspiracy/aggravated assault, and one count of endangering the welfare of children for incidents alleged to have occurred between 2004-2008.
As part of their release conditions, the defendants are to attend a pretrial intervention program through the Carbon County Adult Probation Office and follow all recommendations; are not to possess or consume alcohol or nonprescribed controlled substances; are to be fingerprinted prior to their preliminary hearing and must call State Police at Lehighton to schedule an appointment; and are not to have any unsupervised contact with the victim.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by State Trooper Patrick J. Finn:
On Oct. 14, Finn and Amy Chiciklly, of Carbon County Children and Youth, spoke to the minor victim who advised that Taschler, her maternal grandfather, began to sexually assault her when she was nine years old, according to the affidavit.
The victim said that the sexual assaults usually occurred at Taschler's residence in Lower Towamensing Township.
The victim said that she had told Green, her mother, several times since she was nine that Taschler sexually assaulted her, and that each time she went to her mother for help, her mother would threaten to kill her. On one occasion, Green held a baseball bat over the victim's head and told her that she would beat her to death with the bat if she ever told anyone about the sexual assaults.
Green continually forced the victim to stay at Taschler's residence for overnight visits with full knowledge that her daughter would be sexually assaulted while in Taschler's presence. At no time did Green prevent the victim from being in Taschler's company, and at no time did Green prevent her from being sexually assaulted by Taschler.
Green never reported the assaults to the authorities after the victim repeatedly went to her for help.