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Police Arrest Suspected Predator

Date: July 17, 2020
Incident Type: Arrest
Location: Zone 1

Pittsburgh Police arrested a Ross man today on numerous child sex charges.

Justin Sircely, 26, is charged with unlawful contact with a minor, corrupting the morals of a minor, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, terroristic threats, sexual assault, statutory sexual assault and unlawful use of a communication device.

Members of the Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force were notified on July 14 of an inappropriate sexual relationship between Justin Sircely, 26, and an unidentified juvenile victim.

Task Force members, to include members of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, FBI, and a child advocate, learned that Sircely made contact with the victim via Facebook when he was 23 and she was 14. Sircely had sexual intercourse with her and provided her with drugs. Over the next three years, Sircely continued to sexually abuse the victim, and at times used threats and coercion to ensure the victim did not disclose the relationship to her parents.

Task Force members secured an arrest warrant for Sircely today and arrested him at a Marshall-Shadeland residence.

The investigation continues. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Task Force’s Det. Joe Ryczaj at (412) 323-7800.

Reporting PIO:
Chris Togneri