Monday, July 6, 2015

Meyerle to teen: 'You are every guy's fantasy'

Tattoo artist Walter Meyerle blackmailed 17-year-old young woman with nude photos she sent to his iPhone, according to testimony presented in his child sex-abuse trial Thursday.

Meyerle to teen: 'You are every guy's fantasy'

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Walter Meyerle outside courtroom in Doyklestown. (Bill Reed/Staff)

Tattoo artist Walter Meyerle blackmailed a 17-year-old woman with nude photos she sent to his iPhone, according to testimony presented in his child sex-abuse trial Thursday.

"You are every guy's fantasy -- getting with a daughter with a hot-ass body," Meyerle, 35, of Falls Township, told the high school freshman, according to a text from his iPhone that was presented in the fourth day of his trial in Doylestown.

According to stipulated testimony by Bristol Township Detective Gregory Beidler, Meyerle convinced the teenager to send him nude photos, promising to delete them. Instead, he used them to blackmail, threatening to show them to her mother, according to the detective's account.

Meyerle also talked the girl into sending photos of her wearing a bra and panties, and then to "lose the bra," because he could get her a job modeling bikinis, according to the account. He had her hold uo a sign saying, "Hi Steve," and he sent those photos to a friend, Steve Elliot of Croydon, according to the detective and phone records. 

Elliot told police  he didn't know why Meyerle sent him the photos but assumed the tattoo artist was trying to impress him. Elliot said he wouldn't have looked at the photos if he had known the girl was a minor, according to the detective's account.

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Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at cpalmer@phillynews.com, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at bfinley@phillynews.com, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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