Friday, March 31, 2006

Tanya Kach: Both suspects out on bail

A week after she was miraculously found (yes, it is a miracle even if it was she herself who came forward), developments in Tanya Kach's case continued to make headlines.
For instance, a hairdresser was being sought as an accomplice, and I was happy to see that she turned herself in (http://kdka.com/topstories/local_story_086143911.html):
Hairdresser In Kach Case Turns Herself In
Judy Sokol charged as an
accomplice in the sexual assault
Lynne
Hayes-Freeland
Reporting

(KDKA) North Versailles A hairdresser was
arrested Monday on sex charges for her role in allegedly helping a middle-school
student run away with a school security guard accused of having sex with the
girl.Judy Sokol, 57, of Duquesne, was arraigned on charges of statutory sexual
assault and three counts of involuntary deviate sexual assault. She was being
held at the Allegheny County Jail on $10,000 bail.Sokol had been wanted in
connection with the case of Tanya Nicole Kach, who ran away from home in 1996
and said she went to live with Thomas Hose, who was 24 years older than her.
Kach resurfaced last week after telling a deli owner that she had been living
with Hose for the past decade against her will.In arrest warrants issued last
week, authorities said Sokol cut and dyed Kach's hair to help conceal her
identity in 1996. Sokol told authorities she allowed Hose and Kach to use her
home, where they had sex for the first time, according to her arrest
affidavit."The affidavit does not allege that she was involved in sexual
behavior with a minor," Sokol's attorney, Angela Carsia, told reporters after
the woman's arraignment.Under questioning from detectives, however, Sokol said
she knew Hose was involved in an "inappropriate" relationship with Kach,
according to court documents.A preliminary hearing for Sokol was scheduled for
April 3.Earlier Monday, a judge increased bail for Hose, 48, of McKeesport. Hose
can leave jail only if he posts $10,000 bail, up from $2,000, wears an
electronic monitor and stays away from Kach , the judge ruled.Kach told police
last week that she had been living with Hose for a decade. Hose was charged with
statutory sexual assault and three counts of involuntary deviate sexual
intercourse.Kach's parents reported her missing on Feb. 10, 1996 - the same day
she allegedly moved in to a house owned by Hose's parents.Stay with KDKA for
more information on this case.
Days later, however, something not so happy--both of them managed to raise $10,000 each for bail (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06088/677609-55.stm):
Suspected captor of teen girl released to house arrest
Wednesday, March
29, 2006
By Jonathan D. Silver and Steve Levin, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tony Tye, Post-GazetteThomas Hose walks past reporters
outside the Allegheny County Jail.Click photo for larger image.
Thomas J.
Hose left jail yesterday, stepped into his attorney's car and was chauffeured to
his parents' home in McKeesport, where he will remain under house arrest until a
hearing on charges that he molested a teenage runaway.
Earlier in the day,
Mr. Hose's accuser, Tanya Kach, was reunited with the McKeesport convenience
store owner in whom she confided her true identity and secret history last week.
Miss Kach, 24, told Joseph Sparico of JJ's Deli Mart that she was
masquerading as Nikki Allen and had been held in captivity for a decade by Mr.
Hose, a onetime security guard at Cornell Middle School.
Mr. Hose, 48, is
charged with statutory sexual assault and three counts of involuntary deviate
sexual intercourse. Police said he had carried on a sexual relationship with
Miss Kach since she was 14. A hairdresser named Judith Sokol, 57, has been
charged as Mr. Hose's accomplice.
Police have charged that Miss Kach
arranged in 1996 with Ms. Sokol to run away from home and stay at Ms. Sokol's
home before joining Mr. Hose at his house.
Investigators also charge that
Ms. Sokol cut and dyed Miss Kach's hair to change her appearance and allowed Mr.
Hose and Miss Kach to use her house to have sex.
Ms. Sokol posted her
$10,000 bond last night and was released from the Allegheny County Jail, her
attorney said.
Ms. Sokol, who surrendered to police Monday, was charged with
three counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and one count each of
statutory sexual assault, which applies to a person younger than 16; indecent
assault; endangering the welfare of children; and corruption of minors.
Although Mr. Hose has not been charged with imprisoning Miss Kach,
investigators accused him of keeping her as a psychological captive in the home
he shares with his parents and his son.
On Monday, Mr. Hose's bond was set
at $10,000 straight. The bond was posted that afternoon, and the pretrial
electronic monitoring that was a condition of bail was ready to go yesterday.
"I saw him this morning around 9:30, and he was very anxious to get out, as
you would be," defense attorney James Ecker said upon arriving at the Allegheny
County Jail. "He's looking forward to getting home with his mother and dad, who
are elderly and sick."
Mr. Hose walked out of jail around 1:30 p.m., looked
straight ahead and ignored reporters' questions.
A half-hour later, Mr.
Ecker pulled up in his black 2006 Cadillac at 1002 Soles St., the home of Howard
and Eleanor Hose. Neither attorney nor client spoke as they entered the house.
A few minutes later, Mr. Ecker emerged from the house and spoke briefly.
"He's home. He's very happy to be home," the attorney said, adding that Mr.
Hose embraced his parents upon entering the house.
A woman who answered the
phone at the home declined comment.
Mr. Hose's preliminary hearing is set
for April 6.
"It's pretty obvious there's two sides to every story," Mr.
Ecker said.
So far, Mr. Hose's side of the story has not been told, and Mr.
Ecker has declined to provide any details.
Wayne Washowich, president of the
McKeesport Area school board, described Mr. Hose as a popular employee.
"They liked him over there. They thought he was one of the greatest guys
around. My understanding was the kids all loved him, and the teachers all liked
him," Mr. Washowich said. "He was very polite. It's very confusing to
understand."
Parents of students at Cornell Middle School in McKeesport said
yesterday their children mentioned Mr. Hose by name to them even before his
alleged role in Miss Kach's disappearance and detention became public.
The
mother of an 11-year-old sixth-grader at Cornell, who asked not to be
identified, said her son told her Mr. Hose made a point of showing students that
he had money.
The son said Mr. Hose liked to flash a 3-inch-thick wad of
bills in front of students. He occasionally bought students lunches and seemed
to hover around the girls, the sixth-grader said.
"He was always tapping
them" on the shoulder, the boy said. "He would just tap them and then he walked
away."
The student also said sometimes the boys would be talking among
themselves when Mr. Hose would suddenly appear.
"You could be talking about
something and he'd come behind you and butt in," the student said. "He always
used to brag about his wife and his girlfriend and his son. He would say he buys
a lot of things."

I remember thinking back when his bail was only $2,000 (hey, it was just this week or last) that they really needed to succeed in raising it. Let's face it: most people have at least $2,000 sitting in the bank, and, if not, they could easily come up with it. Apparently it was about as easy for Mr. Hose to raise $10,000. We have yet to see whether wearing a tracking device and keeping his distance will really be enough.

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