Friday, July 30, 2010

Dad charged with threatening to kill 2 ex-girlfriends, children (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania)

Dad KEVIN D. DATES JR. is one bad dude. He doesn't limit his abuse to one mom. Oh no. That would show a lack of ambition. He keeps himself busy beating up TWO, AND threatening the children he had with them. This guy needs to be put out of commission before somebody gets killed.

W-B man charged with threatening to kill ex-girlfriend
By Bob Kalinowski, Staff Writer
Published: July 29, 2010

A 19-year-old Wilkes-Barre man with a history of abuse toward women was charged Wednesday with threatening to kill one ex-girlfriend on the same day another former girlfriend accused him of death threats in a protection from abuse order.

Kevin D. Dates Jr. was arraigned Wednesday morning on accusations he threatened to kill an ex-girlfriend, Brittany Sheposki, because she was cooperating with police in a previous case in which he allegedly assaulted her on July 15 in Plymouth, police said.

The 19-year-old was charged with intimidation of a witness, terroristic threats and violating a protection from abuse order.

Police said Dates left multiple messages on Sheposki’s page that said he was going to “shoot and kill” her and “shoot up” her house. Dates mentioned the assault rap against him and wrote he would kill her to “shut her up.” He noted he “has guns and isn’t afraid to use them,” police said.

Sheposki, who has a daughter with Dates, had a PFA against Dates that forbid him from having contact with her. She said he also threatened their child.

Court records show Dates has a history of committing violence against women, threatening to harm his own children and ignoring protection from abuse orders handed down by judges.

While Dates was sitting in prison on Wednesday for his alleged threats against Sheposki, another woman came forward to file a PFA against him.

Former girlfriend Ashley McCoog said she was hospitalized after Dates beat her on July 15 in Plymouth, according to the PFA she filed. After he was bailed out on the assault charges, he started threatening her, she said.

“He states that he drives past my house repeatedly and won’t rest until my kids and I are dead,” McCoog wrote.

She notes she filed a PFA against Dates in 2009, which he violated five times before she eventually dropped it.

“Ever since I dropped it, things have been worse,” said McCoog, who also has a daughter with Dates.

In the 2009 PFA, McCoog noted that Dates subjected her to stalking, verbal abuse, harassing phone calls, physical violence and death threats.

“He punched me in the face twice and told me if I called the cops, he would take his father’s shotgun and blow my head off,” McCoog wrote.

Dates, of 540 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, was arraigned Wednesday by Magisterial District Judge Andrew Barilla, who ordered Dates jailed in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.

Michael Sisak, staff writer, contributed to this report.